A THUG spat on police who arrested him for being drunk and disorderly.
Luke Nelson, from Sunderland, was already on a suspended sentence when he spat on an officer’s boots and trousers.
The 23-year-old, of Springwell Road, pleaded guilty at Sunderland Magistrates’ Court to being drunk and disorderly, possession of a bladed article and assaulting a police officer.
Paul Anderson, prosecuting, said the offences began when police were called to the MetroCentre in Gateshead by security staff.
When officers spoke to him, he became more aggressive and spat at one as he was arrested. A search revealed he was carrying a knife.
Nelson, an electrician, said he had “topped up” from the night before by drinking beer and tequila at the MetroCentre.
Mr Anderson said: “When asked about the knife, he said that he was an electrician and left it in his jacket pocket. He said he did not intentionally spit at the detention officer.”
He told the court it cost £75 to clean the officer’s uniform.
Brian Chapman, defending, said: “I believe the argument may have started with members of staff at the shopping centre.
“Rather than leaving it there, it started to escalate, police are called, it escalates again and he finds himself in court for serious charges.
“He finds himself in real danger of losing his job and his flat and losing the relationships he has built up.”
Magistrates gave him a 10-week sentence, suspended for 18 months, with a three-month curfew from 9pm to 6am.
He was also told to pay £85 court costs, £75 compensation and a £80 victim surcharge.