Reveller blocked 999 car

A POLICE car answering an emergency call was forced to stop in its tracks when a drunken reveller staggered into the middle of the road.

Graham Sanderson had been drinking in Hartlepool town centre when he stumbled into the middle of York Road in front of a police car which had its lights flashing and sirens blaring.

Hartlepool Magistrates’ Court heard the 45-year-old’s actions forced the vehicle to stop and when the officers got out to tell him to move, he launched a tirade of abuse at them before punching and kicking the car.

Prosecuting, Samantha Morgan Bayliss said: “The circumstances are that at about 9.10pm police officers were in a vehicle en route to an emergency call.

“The sirens and lights were on and as they were turning into York Road, Mr Sanderson staggers in front of the police vehicle making them stop.

“The officers got out to speak to him and he was abusive to them. He was obviously drunk and was staggering backwards and forwards almost falling over.

“The officers asked him to move himself away from the police car so they can carry onto the emergency, when he punched the vehicle with a clenched fist and then kicked it. He was subsequently arrested for being drunk and disorderly.”

Sanderson, of Suggitt Street, Hartlepool, who appeared in court in August 2009 for being drunk and disorderly, pleaded guilty to committing the same offence on February 20.

Mitigating, John Relton said his client could not remember anything from the night due to the amount of booze he had consumed.

He said: “He can’t recall any of what has been said to you and he apologises to the court for his behaviour.

“It was excessive alcohol that got him into this situation.”

Chairman of the bench Keith Kitching fined Sanderson £70, ordered him to pay £85 costs and a £15 victim surcharge.