A DRUNKEN man has been fined after tussling with police in a Sunderland street.
Kevin Lucas cycled towards officers who were dealing with a group of youths gathered in a street in Hendon.
The 20-year-old then jumped off the bike, sending it flying towards the officers, before throwing his cap at them and running off.
John McGlone, prosecuting, told city magistrates that police were called to Canon Cockin Street at about 11.20pm on July 11.
The chase ended when 20-year-old Lucas flung himself into the middle of the road, with his fist clenched under him.
Lucas pleaded guilty to being drunk and disorderly at Sunderland Magistrates’ Court.
Ducan Emmerson, defending, said Lucas was “ashamed” of his actions, which he labelled “bizarre”.
He said: “He is a young man who previously has issues with alcohol, and has appeared to overcome them. He can’t explain why he went back to his previous ways.
“He was drinking Jagermeister, which is a very strong alcoholic drink.
“The police were called to an incident which had nothing to do with him and he does not know why he got involved.”
Chairwoman of the bench Jan Leach fined Lucas £140 and ordered he pay £85 court costs and a £20 victim surcharge.
She told him: “I think you are very lucky you got away with just drunk and disorderly. Throwing things at policemen is not a clever thing to do.”