A WOMAN found with an eight-inch knife in the street claims she wrestled the implement from a 17-stone man who pulled up in a car as she was waiting at a bus stop.
Chelsea Gonzales, 27, was waiting for a bus in Oxclose, Washington, on December 30, when she claimed she was the victim of mistaken identity, Sunderland magistrates heard.
“Police officers in duty were called to a disturbance in Raby Road,” prosecutor Lee Poppett said.
“They saw the female defendant. She was somewhat irate and shouting. She appeared to be under the influence of drink or drugs.”
On searching Gonzales, officers found a knife with an eight-inch blade and a small bag of white powder in her backpack and arrested her.
“She suggested there was a male she described as being rather large, at 17 stone, who approached her in a car saying words to the effect that there was some sort of incident with his daughter,” Mr Poppett said.
“He had a knife. She wrestled that knife from him and put it in her backpack.”
She told police the white powder was either “coke or amphetamine” that she had bought for £5. It was later found to the latter when tested.
Gonzales, of Brentwood Road, Shiney Row, admitted possession of amphetamine and possession of a bladed article.
Michael Hodgson, defending, said police may have mistaken Gonzales for being drunk or on drugs, when she was in fact only excitable.
He said she had left her shop job in Oxclose at 7pm and had no involvement in a “fracas” that occurred between others at the bus stop.
“She was standing at the bus stop, she was waiting to go home,” Mr Hodgson said.
“There was a fracas and a man drove up in a large car – a 17-stone man.
“He gets out and drops the knife. She picks it up and places it in her backpack.”
Gonzales was jailed for eight weeks, suspended for a year.
The bench let an existing community order remain in force and told her to pay £85 costs and a £80 victim surcharge.