Drunk arrested after standing in front of police car in Sunderland

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A DRUNKEN man was arrested after swearing at police.

Tony Watt, from Sunderland, abused the officers as he was crossing a road in the early hours of November 24.

The 20-year-old was arrested and pleaded guilty to being drunk and disorderly when he appeared at Sunderland Magistrates’ Court.

Glenda Beck, prosecuting, said it was 4.45am when Watts came to the officers’ attention. “He was carrying a bottle of alcohol and shouted at police. There were members of the public at the scene.”

Watt, of Redhill Road, last appeared before magistrates in February for possession of cannabis.

His solicitor, Gavin Sword, said: “He does not really dispute anything the officers says.

“The officer says he was in an unmarked car, driving along Stockton Road and saw some people crossing the road and some people standing in the road.

“The Pc sounded the horn in sharp bursts. He said the male who was standing with his back to him turned round and swore.

“The officer got out of the police vehicle and immediately arrested him.

“Watt said he only swore because they were going to run him over.”

Magistrates gave unemployed Watt a three-month conditional discharge, with £85 court costs.