A drunken man who has more than 200 offences on his record was arrested after he was seen staggering along a main road shouting at the traffic.
Alan Jemmett was also involved in a scuffle between two women, Hartlepool Magistrates’ Court heard.
“He was first seen to run in front of a car in Asda’s car park,” said David Ward, prosecuting.
“His progress was tracked on CCTV along Marina Way, where he can be seen in front of the cars in the middle of the road, shouting.
“The scuffle with the two women also took place in the centre of Hartlepool and was also recorded on CCTV.
“In that incident Jemmett can be seen grabbing one of the women and shaking her.”
Jemmett, 31, of Cornwall Street, Hartlepool, admitted common assault on May 20, and being drunk and disorderly on August 13.
The court heard he has previous convictions for 238 offences.
John Relton, defending, said in mitigation: “Alcohol plays a significant part in the life of Alan Jemmett.
“He was a heroin addict as a younger man, and has gone from that to being dependent on alcohol.
“Of his 238 previous offences, only one involves violence, so this is not a man who is habitually violent.
“The victim of the common assault made no complaint at the time.”
Jemmett was made the subject of a six month community order, and ordered to pay £230 in fines and costs.