A man abused police and members of the public after drinking too much of the alcohol he had stocked up on before the onset of COVID-19 proof-of-vaccination mandates. Gary James Smith appeared in Albany Magistrates Court last Thursday and pleaded guilty to one count of disorderly behaviour in public. Police prosecutor Sgt Alan Dean told the court Smith disturbed residents at the Panorama Caravan Park in Big Grove in the early hours of February 6. Smith was blasting music from inside his bus about 5.30am which caused people in the neighbouring cabins to complain and ask him to turn it down, Sgt Dean said. In response, Smith banged on his neighbour’s door and “threatened them to fight”, Sgt Dean said. Police were called but 15 minutes later Smith returned to abusing his neighbours. When police arrived, Sgt Dean said officers found Smith was standing “semi-naked” in the caravan park premises. In full view of caravan park patrons Smith “yelled and abused police”, Sgt Dean said. He was arrested and taken to Albany Police Station where he continued his abuse from the lock-up cell. Legal Aid duty lawyer Graeme Payne said the man was not vaccinated against COVID-19 and had “stocked up” on alcohol because proof-of-vaccination mandates had reached the Great Southern. Magistrate Sandra De Maio said Smith’s behaviour was “appalling” and fined him $1000.