Drunk arrested for swearing at Sunderland police

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A DRUNKEN man was arrested after swearing at police.

Stephen Potts was walking through Pennywell in Sunderland on March 15 when he began shouting and swearing at the officers.

The 20-year-old, of Saint John’s Vale, Sunderland, pleaded guilty to being drunk and disorderly at the city’s magistrates’ court.

Paul Anderson, prosecuting, said: “Police were called to the road. They came across the defendant, who was extremely drunk.

“They tried to ascertain if he was okay. He obviously wasn’t very keen on speaking to the police and started swearing.

“They asked him to stop and of course, ends up getting himself arrested.”

Jason Smith, defending, said Potts had been walking up Pennycross Road, after spending the night drinking.

He said: “He was not causing any problems to anyone or causing any disorder.

“If he had been left, he would have got home eventually.

“He was approached by police officers. It all escalated and maybe it was inappropriate that he reacted in the way that he did.”

Magistrates gave Potts a six-month conditional discharge and ordered him to pay £50 towards court costs and a £15 victim surcharge.