An Australian rapper fled into the sea to avoid paying a huge bill he racked up in a seafood restaurant, a court heard.
The rapper, known as 2pec, claimed he had rushed out of the eatery to help a friend give birth on the beach, local media reported.
Police on jetskis gave chase as Terry Peck ran into the water and failing to pay for a huge feast consisting of two lobsters, a baby octopus, 21 vodka oysters and a “huge number of coronas”, Queensland Crown Court was told.
The bill came to more than $600, the equivalent of £360, ABC news reported.
Peck, who was charged with theft and assault, later said the lobster had been overcooked.
The 33-year-old appeared in court on Monday following the incident at Omeros Bros on the east coast.
The rapped was granted bail by magistrate Joan White who said, according to ABC News, when she heard the size of the feast: “Oh God!, By himself?”
Mark Hunnybun, from the restaurant said: "We pride ourselves on cooking our lobsters perfectly."
Australian media have uncovered some of Mr Peck's self-produced music, including one track entitled Ozi Ozi Ozi Oy Oy Oy, the BBC reported.