A ‘drunken fool’ verbally abused and injured a police officer as he tried to arrest him.
Police had attended Paddock Street in Oswaldtwistle to reports of a ‘domestic disturbance’ at 6pm on July 24 last year.
Burnley Crown Court heard how when officers tried to speak to John Ashworth he was ‘aggressive’ and shouted ‘what the **** are you doing here, get the **** out of my house’.
When they later tried to place handcuffs on him he broke free and ran off down an alleyway before injuring an officer as he tried to push past him.
Ashworth, 29, who was subject at the time to a suspended prison sentence order, pleaded guilty to resisting arrest.
He was given a 12-month community order with a 50-day rehabilitation activity requirement and ordered to pay £250 costs and compensation of £400.
Stephen Parker, prosecuting, told the court how Ashworth continued to be abusive to police after they arrived at his then girlfriends house and was told he would be arrested.
However before the officer completed the lock on the handcuffs Ashworth said ‘I’ve done nothing ******* wrong’ and ‘wrenched’ the handcuffs out of the officers hand.
Mr Parker said Ashworth then ran off down the street and was chased by the officer before a ‘confrontation’ in a nearby alleyway.
The court heard how Ashworth then ‘pushed past him causing him to fall the the floor’ before the defendant was detained by another officers.
Mr Parker said one of the officers suffered a cut to his hand and a ‘large shoulder gouge’ and received hospital treatment.
The court heard how following the incident the officer was ‘unable to complete his tour of duty’ and had to take time off work.
“His arm was also bandaged for several weeks, was left unable to drive and had to be placed on ‘restricted duties’.
Robert Elias, defending, said: “The actual injuries seem to have been caused by the officer falling over.
“He didn’t assault or attack the police officer. He pushed past him causing him to fall over.
“He has engaged with probation service over the years. He needs to grow up with regards to relationship and know that alcohol is not a good idea for him.”
Judge Lunt said Ashworth had behaved like ‘a drunken fool’.