Drunk cyclist spent seven hours in cell after abusing police officers in Hartlepool

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A CYCLIST who was stopped by police in the middle of the night shouted and swore at officers and refused to move from in front of their vehicle.

Gary William Cooper was approached by police riding his bike in Inchcape Road, Hartlepool.

Justices at Hartlepool Magistrates’ Court were told that the 23-year-old was spoken to by officers and searched, before they came to the conclusion that he was drunk.

He started being verbally abusive towards them and stood in front of the police car, refusing to move.

He was arrested and spent seven hours in custody before being charged.

Prosecuting, Alan Davison said: “It was 5.05am when Cooper was stopped by police riding a bike.

“He was searched and was clearly drunk at the time.

“He started shouting and swearing and stood in front of the police vehicle refusing to move.”

Cooper, of Chester Road, Hartlepool, pleaded guilty to being drunk and disorderly on August 21.

Mitigating, Neil Taylor said his client was annoyed at being stopped for a second time that night.

He said: “He’d been stopped a little bit earlier on his bike. Then later, he went around to his girlfriend’s house and there was a green wheelie bin left in the road which he decided to move.

“That allowed the police to search him again and he accepts that his language was fairly choice.”

District Judge Martin Walker sentenced him to a 12-month conditional discharge and ordered him to pay a £15 victim surcharge.