Police had to carry a drunken man into the custody suite and drag him into a cell when he would not co-operate with them, Craigavon Magistrates Court heard last Wednesday.
Matthew Hobson (22), of Oakgrove, Portadown, admitted disorderly behaviour, resisting a constable and assaulting a constable on February 21 this year.
He was sentenced to 140 hours community service.
The court heard that police were called to the Lurgan Road, Portadown, where ambulance staff were dealing with a male who was aggressive and in an intoxicated state.
Hobson was unsteady on his feet and nearly fell over. He refused to leave and was abusive to police. He ran into the middle of the road when cars were present.
At 6.50am he was arrested and he said to police: “F—k off you LVF c—ts.”
A police cell van was called and Hobson was placed in it. He struggled with police, kicking an officer on the hand.
He had to be carried into the custody suite and dragged into a cell because he refused to comply with police instructions.
District Judge, Mr Mervyn Bates, pointed out that Hobson had received a probation order for similar offences in May 2014 and this didn’t seem to have had a lot of success.
A solicitor for the defendant said he had a considerable amount of alcohol taken at a friend’s house.
He added that he remembered leaving his friend’s house and then blacking out before paramedics attended him and then being in police custody.
The solicitor said that Hobson apologised to the police officers the following day. A pre-sentence report indicated he was suitable for community service.
Imposing community service, Judge Bates told the defendant that if he continued with this behaviour custody would be the only option.