DRUNKEN Jonathan McDade pushed a man over then ran away from police.
The 26-year-old, from Sunderland, was eventually caught and arrested for being drunk and disorderly.
John McGlone, prosecuting, told Sunderland Magistrates’ Court a police officer saw McDade walk up to two men on a street in Concord, Washington, and push one over.
He added: “On seeing the police, he made off through the bus station.
“The officer made his way round and found him outside number one, The Oval.
“He became obstructive and when he tried to restrain him, but he broke free and made off towards the Millennium Centre.”
McDade, of Rosyth Road in Red House, was eventually arrested and told officers: “I’m sorry. I have got respect for you. I’m on licence.”
Ian Cassidy, defending, claimed unemployed McDade had been “playing” when he pushed the man.
He pleaded guilty to being drunk and disorderly.
Mr Cassidy added: “He takes the view that the push the officer saw was not malicious.
“It was a bit of play, but he does not take issue that the officer says he was drunk and disorderly.
“He was released on licence in October last year, after being arrested on other matters.”
Magistrates ordered McDade to pay a £35 fine, with £85 court costs and a £20 victim surcharge.