A DRUG-carrying reveller said he failed to follow a police order to leave because he was not sure where he was.
Lee John Pullen, 35, was seen by officers fighting near the police station in Avenue Road, Hartlepool.
He was given a police direction to leave notice but refused to follow it, saying that he was waiting for a lift and couldn’t get a taxi because he is from West Yorkshire and didn’t know where to go.
He was arrested and officers found a small bag of cocaine in one of his pockets.
Pullen, of Moorview Grove, Keighley, admitted to failing to follow a police direction to leave and possessing a Class A drug on July 31 at Hartlepool Magistrates’ Court.
The car valeter was ordered to pay a £100 fine, a £15 victim surcharge and £85 costs for the drug offence but town justices did not punish him for the breach of the order.
When asked why he had not followed the police instruction, Pullen had told the court: “I’m not from the area. I was waiting for a friend to pick me up. I couldn’t just jump in a taxi because I didn’t know where I was.”
When asked about the drugs, Pullen, who represented himself, replied: “It’s just stupid isn’t it?”
Lilian Atkinson, prosecuting, said: “The defendant was seen throwing punches. He was drunk at the time and officers believed he was involved in alcohol-related disorder and would be involved in further violence.
“He was seen in Avenue Road again and had made no attempt to leave the area. He said he was waiting for a lift.”