Drunk spat at police officer

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A DRUNK spat on a police officer as he was being arrested.

Jordan Brown, from Sunderland, launched the vile attack in the back of a police car.

The 28-year-old was arrested in the city’s Brougham Street, after a report from security guards in the Bridges shopping centre that a drunk man was causing problems.

Brown, of Castleview Road, Castletown, pleaded guilty to assaulting a police officer and being drunk and disorderly at Sunderland Magistrates’ Court.

John McGlone, prosecuting, said police were called to the area at 4.50pm on March 7 and tried to search Brown, who resisted.

He was arrested, and was being taken to the nearby police station when the assault took place.

Mr McGlone said: “While being transported to Gill Bridge, he threatened to spit in the officer’s face.

“He spat on him and the floor of the police vehicle.

“He refused to leave his cell to speak to the duty solicitor and told the officer, ‘Just send me to jail’.”

Peter Thubron, defending, said: “He has a somewhat volatile temper, which at the age of 28 is causing him a lot of problems.

“He tells me he has not been drinking a lot until very recently.

“He got horribly drunk yesterday, and does not remember much at all.

“He remembers being in the Bridges and being in the police station.”

Mr Thubron added that the spit did not hit the officer in the face, but went on his hand.

“There are different types of spitting that you have to deal with,” he told magistrates, “as there are people who spit in the officers’ faces and that is probably the worst sort.”

Chairman of the bench, John Scott, sentenced Brown to serve a 12-month community order. He must also pay £30 compensation to the police officer, a £60 victim surcharge and £55 court costs.