Community corrections order for Ian Stenlake

Former Sea Patrol star pleads guilty to charges related to a drunken altercation with police & paramedics.

Actor Ian Stenlake has been placed on community corrections orders after an incident in Randwick earlier this year.

The former Sea Patrol and Stingers actor appeared in Waverley Local Court yesterday to face charges related to a drunken altercation with police and paramedics, after he crashed his scooter in July.

News.com.au reports he verbally threatened emergency crews who were trying to help him, then assaulted two police officers, before being ­arrested and taken to the Prince of Wales Hospital under police guard.

He was later charged with two counts of assaulting police in the execution of duty, two counts of common assault, and hindering a police officer in the execution of duty.

A friend told The Daily Telegraph Stenlake had been struggling before the incident with the Covid ‘shutdown of the enter­tainment industry’.

Yesterday he pleaded guilty to all charges. The court noted he had been active in engaging in rehabilitation already.

“He appears remorseful and regrets the incident. He has changed his drinking habits and no longer uses alcohol as an escape,” magistrate Carolyn Huntsman said.

“I do accept you are a good character and genuinely concerned about your actions. I have no doubt you are committed to ensuring nothing like this happens again.”

Stenlake will be placed on a community corrections order for 18 months for the high-range drink driving charge and 12 months for the remaining charges.

He must also have an alcohol interlock program in his car for two years.