Grantham court: Drink led to tussle with officer

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A man who got into a tussle with a police officer appeared in court charged with being drunk and disorderly.

Russell Brown, 38, of Main Street, Walesby was charged with committing the offence on May 18.

Prosecutor Marie Stace told the court how at approximately 1.10am police were called to a report of a domestic incident at Caythorpe, and spoke to a young woman who said she had been assaulted.

A police officer went out to look for Brown and found him sitting in the driver’s seat of a vehicle asleep.

On opening the car door the officer immediately noticed a strong smell of alcohol, and when Brown woke up his speech was slurred.

He told the officer that he and his partner had been arguing and he had left taking her car keys.

Due to the accusation of an assault the police officer could not let Brown return to his partner, but he made several attempts to do so to the point that the officer decided to arrest him for breach of the peace.

Brown and the officer then struggled, with both falling against the car and to the ground, and Brown calling the policeman a “f***ing w***er”.

Brown represented himself in court, and although he contested the description of events he entered a guilty plea and said: “I had some bad news that day regarding the health of my son. I did have a fall out with my partner, now ex-partner.”

Referring to the arrest Brown added: “My actions after that were terrible but up to that point I’d given him no cause to treat me in that way.”

Brown was given a conditional discharge of six months and ordered to pay £85 prosecution costs and a victim surcharge of £15.