Grantham court: Drunk teen arrested after refusing police lift

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A teenager was arrested after he refused a lift home by police following an “altercation” during a night out in Grantham.

Billy Joe Frazier, 19, of Signal Road, Grantham, admitted being drunk and disorderly in a public place on November 15.

Prosecuting, Jim Clare said the incident happened in the early hours.

Frazier was spoken to by police in Market Place where he was seen in a “physical altercation” with another male. At first he agreed to a lift home by the officers, but he became aggressive at the rear of the police van and refused to get in. He lashed out and was arrested.

Mr Clare said Frazier was in breach of a suspended sentence, although the offence was not imprisonable.

Defending, Stuart Wild said Frazier had gone out with friends that night, something he didn’t regularly do because he tended to get into trouble in the town centre. He had drunk some alcohol but it was his friends who had got involved in an altercation, having an argument with another group.

Frazier went across to them but was singled out by the police and told he would be taken home. Frazier lashed out but did not assault anyone.

Mr Wild said Frazier, who is on employment and support allowance, had completed 90 hours out of 200 hours of unpaid work as part of a community order and it would be unfair for the court to activate the suspended sentence order.

Magistrates fined him £20 and ordered him to pay a £150 criminal courts charge and a £20 victim surcharge.