Ex-soldier slammed police officer’s fingers in a door after crash

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A FORMER soldier tried to bite a police officer and slammed another’s fingers in a door after smashing his car into a lamppost.

Tim Richard Stringer, also known as Hewitt, attacked the officers when they were called to the crash.

Sunderland Magistrates’ Court heard the 22-year-old tried to bite the same officer twice and refused to carry out a breath test.

A second cop underwent an operation after three of his fingers were slammed in a cell door as he tried to dodge Stringer, who is due to become a dad for the second time.

But prosecutor Keith Laidlaw said legally, Stringer could not held liable for the injury, which was so serious that the officer would be in plaster for 12 weeks.

Stringer pleaded guilty at a hearing earlier this month to two offences of assaulting a police officer and one of failing to give a specimen.

The court heard police were called to Tunstall Bank in Sunderland at 2.45am on September 1 and found a Mondeo had come off the road.

Stringer appeared to be unconscious in the driving seat and officers could smell alcohol.

But when they checked his pulse, he sat up and said: “I’m only joking, I’m fine.”

He added: “Just lock me up. I know I’m over.”

He became aggressive after being put in the back of a police car and threatened: “I’m going to eat you”.

He lashed out and kicked an officer in his right leg before trying to bite his arm.

Officers moved Stringer into a police van, but he tried to bite the same officer again, leaving him with bruises.

He later refused to give a breath test and denied he had been drinking or taking drugs.

James Palmer, mitigating, said Stringer had no memory of the crash.

“He accepts he was drinking and was unfit to drive” he said.

“He is a man with a little on his previous record and this escalation may be of some concern to the court.”

He added Stringer had suffered a form of breakdown and had previously turned to police for help.

The court was told the former St Aidan’s pupil joined the Army at 16 and served in Afghanistan, but went AWOL in April and was living with his father in Maple Avenue, Silksworth.

The bench imposed a 12-month community order, disqualified him from driving for a year and ordered him to pay £100 compensation and £85 court costs.