Head-butted police officer after being stopped


A drink driver head-butted a police officer after he had been stopped for driving erratically in Portadown.

Thirty-two-year-old Thomas Mejeris, Armagh Road, Portadown, admitted driving with excess alcohol, disorderly behaviour, resisting a constable and assaulting a constable on February 1.

Craigavon Magistrates Court heard last Wednesday that at 1.45am a car was seen to be driven erratically on the Garvaghy Road. It was veering from side to side over the white line.

Police signalled it to stop and it stopped at the entrance to Garvaghy Park. There was a female passenger in the front seat and two small children in the rear of the vehicle.

The defendant, who was driving, smell strongly of intoxicating liquor, his nose was bloody and his speech was slurred.

He took a preliminary breath test which gave a reading of 127.

Mejeris struggled with police and had to be placed on the ground and handcuffed. He was lifted to his feet and led to the police vehicle. He swore loudly at police.

At the police vehicle he head-butted an officer who suffered a bump above his left eye.

An evidential breath test gave a reading of 95 - the legal limit is 35.

District Judge, Mr Mervyn Bates, said the defendant had been disqualified in April of last year for four months and in all the circumstances he would require a pre-sentence report.

Adjourning the case until April 16 he imposed an interim driving ban on the defendant.