A respected store manager kicked and tried to bite of officer after being arrested for being drunk and disorderly.
Lisa Carson, who has worked for more than two decades at a large, well-known retailer and has never been in trouble before, was on a night out in Newcastle City Centre when she started shouting and swearing at police, a court heard. After refusing to calm down, the 51-year-old was arrested, put in the back of a police van and transported to nearby Forth Banks.
However, once at the station, her behaviour escalated and she kicked an officer and tried to bite him as police attempted to detain her and take her inside.
Now, Carson’s law-abiding reputation is in tatters after she appeared in Newcastle Magistrates’ Court and pleaded guilty to assaulting an emergency worker and being drunk and disorderly. Sue Baker, prosecuting, said police were dealing with a matter not related to Carson in Newcastle City Centre on the evening of March 12 this year when she started shouting and swearing.
Mrs Baker continued: “She was arrested for being drunk and disorderly. During transport to the station, she banged her heels on the van and refused to give her details. Once there, she had to be removed from the van and she was waiting for the custody doors to be opened and a police officer has been kicked.”
The court heard that Carson, of Bramble Close, in Houghton-le-Spring, Sunderland, then tried to bite the officer before being taken to the ground and dragged through to the custody suit.
Gregg Stephens, defending, said Carson suffered a number of bruises due to the way she was handled by police in the station. He added: “This lady is not the normal lady you wold expect to see in court for this. She went into Newcastle with a friend. They had a few drinks, although she was not reeling drunk or falling over.
“Police attend to deal with something else. She was not doing anything and thought the police were unnecessarily aggressive towards her. She says one pushed her away. She swore at the police and regrets doing so as police arrested her for being drunk and disorderly and she’s dragged into a police van and dragged into the police station. It’s not the most pleasant way of taking her out of the police vehicle.
“She accepts she acted inappropriately thereafter.”
Fining her a total of £220 and ordering her to pay £85 costs and a £34 victim surcharge, District Judge Paul Currer said: “I bear in mind everything that has been said. You consumed alcohol then behaved in the way that you did and you were disorderly while drunk. When taken to the police station, you were angry and aggressive.”