An 18-year-old man was told to ‘buck up his ideas’ by a judge after being arrested when police saw him staggering in the street while carrying a bottle of vodka.
Jeffrey Mincher was bleeding from a mouth injury as he hurled abuse at the officers, Hartlepool Magistrates’ Court heard.
“The police had been called to a disturbance in St Oswald’s Street in Hartlepool at about 11.20pm,” said John Garside, prosecuting.
“It is not believed Mincher was directly involved in that, but he was present in an obviously intoxicated state.
“He approached the police who asked him to move away.
“The request was not complied with, and Mincher swore at the officers, calling them names.”
Mincher, of Allerton Close, Hartlepool, admitted being drunk and disorderly on December 9.
Neil Taylor, defending, said in mitigation: “Mr Mincher does have previous offences which were dealt with in the Youth Court.
“I have explained to him the differences between that court and the adult court.
“He is contrite and apologetic, as he usually is when he sees me.
“On that night he had been beaten up, and probably felt the police were not as sympathetic as he thought they should be.
“Mr Mincher lives at home with his mum.”
District Judge Andrew Meachin ordered Mincher to pay £300 in fines, costs and court surcharges.
The judge told Mincher: “It was a big, and expensive, mistake to get drunk that night and behave as you did.
“You are still a young man and have offended before.
“It is time you bucked up your ideas.”