‘They’re going to kill me’: Dad in standoff with police
IN TWO hours of harrowing body cam footage, a heavily intoxicated Weranga father-of-two could be seen telling his dogs they were going to be killed by police officers, and that police were then going to turn their guns on him.
In handcuffs and flanked by two police officers while appearing in Dalby Magistrates Court on Tuesday, Darcy James Collins began giving instructions to his friend at the back of the room before finding out whether he would be granted bail and free from custody.
"Sell what you have to, and sell what you can," he said.
"The wheely bins are full of dog food and there's a freezer full of food.
"Put all the money into my bank account. I need money when I get out, if I get out."
Duty lawyer Phil Stainton from Legal Aid Queensland told the court an indictment had been elected for his client, who had been in custody since July 23 when he was charged with three counts of "serious assault - assault/resist/obstruct police officer/person acting in aid of a police officer", and they were seeking a committal call-over date.
Police prosecutor senior constable Jodie Tahana submitted an objection to a bail affidavit to the court and said there would be an "unacceptable risk" to the community if the defendant was released from custody.
Magistrate Tracy Mossop recounted the incident as she saw it on two hours of police bodycam footage.
Police were initially called by Collins's neighbours over complaints about his behaviour in the early hours of last Thursday.
At 4am on the incident date, he was allegedly intoxicated, driving around the neighbour's property and screaming obscenities.
Prior to the incidents revealed in the bodycam footage, snr const Tahana said Collins allegedly approached police with a stick when they went to investigate the matter, and even when a taser was produced, he refused to put the stick down and back away.
Police allegedly had to physically disarm him and handcuff him, and shortly after he was handcuffed, he fell asleep.
The footage begins when the defendant woke up in handcuffs.
In the footage, he can be seen crawling under his four-wheel drive while police officers patiently try to coax him out.
Ms Mossop said Collins had locked some of his "pigging-style" dogs in a cage on the back of his car, and others were loose, but one female dog was attached to a chain on the rear of the car.
This dog moved under the car to be with the defendant.
The defendant allegedly stayed under his car for about 40 minutes, telling his dogs the police were there to kill him.
In the footage he can be heard saying to his dogs, "they're going to kill me, they're going to kill you."
Ms Mossop said police can be heard calling an ambulance as they believed Collins might be having a medical episode.
Ms Mossop said the dogs can be seen circling the police officers, gradually getting closer, and the female dog under the car became aggressive and started growling at the officers.
The court heard Collins then released the female dog from her chain and she ran towards an officer to attack him, and the officer shot the dog dead.
The defendant can be seen crawling out from under the car according to Ms Mossop, and grabbing the chain still attached to the dog before she was shot.
Collins then allegedly ran at the officer as they yelled "get down, get down on the ground now".
He was then arrested and taken into custody.
Mr Stainton said Collins had lived at his Weranga address since 2013.
He said Collins' parents were murdered when he was just four years old, and he lived alone at the property just outside of Tara.
Mr Stainton said his client instructed that he did not have any mental health issues, but in the bodycam footage the officers can be heard saying they could smell liquor and they believed he was drunk at the time of the incident.
Mr Stainton said there was a number of factors that led to his offending and alcohol was a large factor.
He said Collins wasn't trying to set his dogs on the officers, and wasn't telling them to kill the officers.
Rather, he thought the officers were going to kill him.
He said he had a good relationship with one officer at the Tara Station, and during the body cam footage can be heard calling for him as he believed he could be protected by the officer.
Collins also instructed that he wasn't going to his neighbour's house to harass them but was trying to find the female dog who was with him under the car during the incident.
A GPS tracker attached to the dog had traced her to the neighbour's property.
If granted bail, Mr Stainton said the defendant would not consumer any alcohol and would comply with random breath testing, and could reside with his niece in Toowoomba.
Snr Const Tahana said the defendant had built a rapport with an officer at the Tara Station consistent with his prior statement, but overall Collins was very "anti-police".
She said the officer who was injured by the dog in the scuffle had not yet returned to work because of his injuries, and said he could lie down and stand up, but could not sit down.
He also sustained a minor facial injury.
Snr const Tahana said the officer-in-charge at Tara police station was "strongly opposed" to Collins returning to his address as he had concerns for his family and himself over retaliation for his dog being destroyed.
The court heard Collins' dogs had since been recovered by the Western Downs Regional Council with the intention of being destroyed.
Snr const Tahana said Collins' neighbours said his uninvited presence on their property was a "regular occurrence".
"If he is released on bail there is an unacceptable risk that he would interfere with these witnesses," snr const Tahana said.
In addressing the defendant, Ms Mossop said he had caused police officers an extreme amount of stress due to his actions.
"Look at the angst you've caused these police officers who, for the most part, were being incredibly patient," she said.
The defendant responded saying "that's not me" in regards to the footage, and said he wouldn't recognise any of the officers on the street.
"I don't want to be anywhere near those police officers," he said.
"We're not friends.
"Look at where I am now.
"If I did recognise them I wouldn't come near them."
Collins was granted bail with multiple strict conditions.
He is required to live with his niece in Toowoomba, and is not allowed in the township of Tara without permission from the officer-in-charge at police prosecutions in Dalby.
He must undergo a medical examination for a mental health assessment and must produce a BAC of zero per cent when required.
Collins will appear again in court on September 29.