A MAN lashed out at three female police officers as he woke up on a hospital ward from a drink and drugs stupor.
Sunderland magistrates were told Daniel Sayers was arrested for being drunk and disorderly in a Hendon street on September 9 and taken to Gill Bridge police station.
A bag of amphetamine was found in his shorts pocket when he was searched by officers.
But the 29-year-old became unresponsive and was taken to A&E at Sunderland Royal Hospital.
He awoke to find he was being examined by medics but soon became aggressive and hit out at Pcs Wendy Gribbin, Nicola Adams and Adele Hutchinson, who were there to keep an eye on him.
Sayers kicked Pc Gribbin in the chest and knocked her backwards as he shouted abuse before punching Pc Hutchinson to the side of her chest.
When Pc Adams went to her colleagues’ aid and grabbed Sayers’ leg, he lunged towards her with his mouth open, biting her thumb.
Sayers, of Noble Street, Hendon, admitted three counts of assaulting a police officer, being drunk and disorderly in a public place and possession of amphetamine.
In a statement read out in court, Pc Gribbin said: “I was worried for the safety of the staff in the hospital, as I was aware there were many sharp implements that could be used.
“It was only afterwards that I realised the seriousness of the incident and how lucky we were that out colleagues attended so quickly.”
Heather Bolton, mitigating, said: “He has no recollection of the police speaking to him in the street and can’t recall being arrested.
“Mr Sayers was unresponsive at the police station and was taken to hospital to be checked over.
“He became aware he was in hospital when there were a number of people around him.
“There were five police officers and nursers prodding him and putting needles in his arms.
“He wakes up totally disorientated and hasn’t got a clue where he is.”
Sayers, who was out on licence for burglary when he lashed out.
He was remanded in custody for probation reports to be prepared, but was told by district judge Roger Elsey he is likely to be sent back to prison.