Bulwell man pleads guilty to assualting police officer

A drink-drive suspect kicked and fell on a police officer when he was arrested in the early hours of the morning in Bulwell, a court heard.

By The Newsroom
Tuesday, 4th March 2014, 2:42 pm

Aaron Stuart Price (25), of Hucknall Lane, Bulwell, pleaded guilty at Nottingham Magistrates’ Court to assaulting the officer at 4.45am on Saturday 9th November last year.

He also admitted driving while disqualified and without insurance and failing to provide a breath specimen when taken to Mansfield police station.

After the court had heard about his lengthy criminal record, Price was sentenced to 16 weeks’ imprisonment, suspended for a year.

He was also ordered to do 120 hours of unpaid work and to undertake an alcohol treatment programme. He must pay £100 compensation to the officer, £85 court costs and a victim surcharge of £80.

David Henson (defending) told the court Price had been drinking at a friend’s house the previous night. He had drunk “four or five cans of lager” before he was persuaded to drive mates to a McDonald’s restaurant.

“The police were alerted by someone who contacted them because they thought he might be drink-driving,” said Mr Henson.

“When he was stopped on Grindon Crescent in Bulwell, he was less than co-operative.

“He accepted he kicked off, but he also felt he was manhandled by a team of three officers.”

Wayne Wallis (prosecuting) explained that Price smelled of alcohol, while his eyes were red and glazed and he was swaying from side to side.

He was violent and verbally confrontational when the officers tried to restrain him and handcuff him.

At one point, he kicked an officer on the right shin, causing him pain, and in a struggle lasting several minutes, he fell on the same officer, who grazed a knuckle.

Price refused to calm down in the car that took him to the police station, where he continued to be aggressive for a further 25 minutes, said Mr Wallis.

Mr Henson catalogued Price’s previous offences, saying he had been “a nuisance to everyone concerned, including his parents, when he was younger”.

“He and his friends lived a feckless existence, causing minor problems to neighbours on his estate, and he received an ASBO,” he said.

“He has tried hard to put his past behind him, so it is disappointing that he is before the court again.”

Mr Henson warned that if Price was sent to prison, he would lose his job with Bailey Construction Ltd. His mum and dad, with whom he lived, had also said they would “wash their hands of him”.