Jordan Dinsmore, 26, of The Crescent, Shiney Row, near Sunderland, was arguing with others in Holmeside at around 3.30am – and then swore at officers who intervened after spotting the disagreement, a court heard.
He was then detained for more than six hours in custody.
Prosecutor Paul Anderson told South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court: “It’s quite a busy time for revellers.
“The police find the defendant arguing with a group of people.
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“He seems to be the aggressor and starting a fight. He’s clearly been drinking and doesn’t take the officers’ advice to leave.”
Mr Anderson said Dinsmore then swore at the officers and he added: “He’s goading people.
“He’s again asked to leave and asks the officer, ‘What you going to do about it?’ We know what the officer did about it. He’s kept in the cells from 3.30am to 10am.”
Alaister Naismith, defending, told the court: “Mr Dinsmore tells me that there was an amount of goading by the other group before the police came into view.
“He admits that once the police got involved his behaviour was poor. He’s not someone who drinks regularly but when he does he drinks to excess.”
Dinsmore, who pleaded guilty to being drunk and disorderly, was fined £40 with £85 courts costs by magistrates.
He was also ordered to pay a £32 victim surcharge.