Mansfield boozer sang “la la la” as officers tried to explain why he was arrested

A nuisance drinker who stumbled through traffic and lay down in a busy Mansfield road sang “la la la” when officers tried to explain why he was being arrested, a court has heard.

Thursday, 22nd July 2021, 12:07 pm
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Police were called to Rosemary Street, at 4pm on June 23, where Christopher Harris and around ten other people had been drinking and causing a disturbance all day, said prosecutor Yaysa Hue.

While half of the group dispersed, Harris stayed and "got into an officer's personal space."

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"He was stumbling all over the pavement and couldn't stand still without swaying," said Ms Hue.

“He was slurring his words. He was described as extremely intoxicated.”

Harris was warned to behave himself and the officers left, but ten minutes later they received another call to say Harris was now lying down in the road.

When they returned, Harris told them he was homeless and he was arrested for being drunk and disorderly.

When they tried to answer his questions about why he was being arrested, Harris shouted "la la la," over the top of them, said Ms Hue.

He has a previous conviction for the same offence from April, the court heard.

Harris, 35, of Farmilo Crescent, admitted being drunk and disorderly when he appeared at Mansfield Magistrates Court, on Thursday.

When asked if he had anything to say, Harris, who represented himself, said: "I can't remember. It must be right.”

Magistrates warned him he had a “worrying history” of being drunk in public and fined him £80 with a £34 surcharge and £85 costs.

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