Ex-Soldier tried to bite police after Sunderland car crash

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A FORMER soldier attacked police when they tried to help him after a car crash.

Tim Richard Stringer, also known as Hewitt, smashed his car into a lamppost near Tunstall Bank in Sunderland on September 1

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

Stringer, from Sunderland, pleaded guilty to two offences of assaulting a police officer and failing to give a specimen.

Prosecutor Stan Sudworth said police were called at 2.45am and found the red Mondeo had come off the road near the roundabout.

Dad-of-one Hewitt appeared to be unconscious in the driving seat, with the seat belt wrapped round his arm.

Officers could smell alcohol on his breath. But when they approached the car, he sat up and said: “I’m only joking, I’m fine,” adding: “Just lock me up. I know I’m over”.

Hewitt became aggressive after being put in the back of a police car, telling an officer: “I’m going to eat you”.

He began lashing out with his feet and kicked an officer in his right leg before trying to bite his arm.

Officers moved Hewitt into a police van, but he tried to bite the same officer again, leaving him with bruises to his left shin and right wrist.

Stringer refused to give a breath test at Gill Bridge police station, but did not give a reason why.

Neil Hodgson, defending, said Stringer apologised unreservedly for his behaviour.

Mr Hodgson said: “He said he had been out with friends and did not think he was over the limit. He went round the roundabout too quickly and collided with a lamppost.”

Mr Hodgson added: “He realised he could not move the car and waited for the police to arrive.

“His recollection is not the best, perhaps because he collided with the lamppost on the driver’s side and had banged his head.”

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

His girlfriend was due to give birth to their second child within weeks.

Magistrates adjourned sentencing until later this month.