At about 1.00 am on Sunday 17 February 2019, police were patrolling in Rockhampton when they saw a car driving erratically and knocking over a street sign. They pulled the car over and found the driver was Douglas “call me Doug” Winning, a local solicitor.
What transpired was recorded on the officer’s body-worn cameras. All class, Winning was wearing only a pair of shorts. His vehicle had sustained damage on the bonnet where the sign had hit and there was damage to a front tyre. When asked that he had been drinking, Winning nominated the amount as “a bottle of rum”, explaining that he had had a sleep since finishing it. He was slurring his words. He twice said “You’re not going to pinch me”.
One of the officers said she was going to administer a roadside breath test. Winning was in the car holding his passport and $300 in cash, made up of six $50 notes. At the conclusion of the roadside breath test, Winning lifted his hands. He put his passport down on the seat beside him, and held up his right hand with the notes in it, saying: “Can’t pay my way out this, can I?”.
One police officer responded, “No. No, you definitely can’t pay your way out of this”. The other responded “No”.
After the officers’ responses, Winning folded the cash in his right hand and extended his right arm out of the car, and towards the officers, keeping it there for some time. He remained seated with his left hand on the steering wheel. He only withdrew the extended arm when he was told he was detained and to turn his car off.
Winning then said that “someone’s been threatening my daughter and that’s the only reason I’m drivin’”. He was a told that he was detained for the purpose of a further breath test which would be done at the police station.
In the course of police telling Winning that the car would be secured, Winning said, “You gonna let me go. You’re not gonna lock me up, are ya?”
As Winning was taken out of the vehicle, he told Senior Constable Parkin that he did not need to call him Mr Winning, but rather “call me Doug”. At that point, Winning still had the $300 cash in his hand. Then followed this exchange:
“Officer Parkin: Do you wanna put your cash in the car or do you wanna leave it on your possession?
Winning: I’ll leave it on my possession.
Officer Parkin: Ok. Alright.
Winning: You wa-, you wanna lazy quid?
Officer Parkin: No, no, no.
Winning: Give you a lazy quid
Officer Davies: No, no, no. Parkin: No, no, no. No, not at all. Come on, Winning, we’ll get you in the back of the car. Come on, sir, this way.”
Winning blew 0.191 per cent at the roadside breath test. Later, on the breath analysis machine at the police station, he recorded 0.146 per cent.
Winning was subsequently charged with drink driving and official corruption, arising out of his proffering $300 and asking if he could buy his way out of the situation, and asking whether the police wanted a lazy quid.
Winning was later interviewed by a Channel 9 journalist, and the interview, in which he claimed he was joking about bribing the officers and denied offering them money to withdraw any charges despite the police footage, was recorded on video.
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