A DRUNKEN prisoner spat at a police officer after his finger was trapped in a cell door.
Clinton Ruddy, who has a string of convictions, assaulted the sergeant at Sunderland’s Gill Bridge police station.
Sunderland magistrates were told the 30-year-old had been arrested for being drunk and disorderly outside the Cooper Rose pub in the city on July 15.
He became verbally abusive and aggressive towards them, and he continued to be “a handful” when he got to the station.
A number of officers were needed to get him into a cell and during a struggle, his hand was trapped in a door and he spat on the officer.
Ruddy was taken to Sunderland Royal Hospital, but doctors were unable to save his fingertip.
Ruddy, of Ford Crescent, South Hylton, pleaded guilty to assaulting a police officer and being drunk and disorderly.
The court heard that Ruddy was already serving 12-month and six-month community orders and had been convicted of 40 crimes in the last 15 years.
Ruddy was handed a 12-month conditional discharge and told to pay £100 compensation to the officer.