Drunken man ‘appalled’ by his actions

A MAN who was arrested for shouting abusive language to police said he was “appalled” by his behaviour.

Jason Ardle had been drinking all day when he became involved in an altercation outside Shades nightclub, in Church Street, Hartlepool.

Prosecuting, Joanne Hesse told Hartlepool Magistrates’ Court: “Just past midnight police were sent to a disturbance outside Shades to calm the situation down. It became quite hostile with a large group of people gathering around the police.

“Ardle was seen to be drunk and was warned about his abusive language.”

She added: “While officers were dealing with another man the defendant continued shouting towards the officers swearing and saying ‘get off him now’.

“Ardle continued to behave in this way and was arrested. In interview, he said he’d been drinking for most of the day. He said he was so drunk that he’d lost his memory and couldn’t account for his actions or his whereabouts.

“He said that if he’d seen somebody else committing this offence he would have been appalled.”

Ardle, of Straker Street, Hartlepool, who has a previous conviction for battery from April, pleaded guilty to being drunk and disorderly on May 29. Mitigating, Neil Taylor said: “One would hope that one’s vocal chords would go the same way as your memory, in other words stop working as well.

“It was his language which brought him to the attention of police officers.”

Chairman of the bench Keith Fisher fined Ardle £50, and ordered him to pay £85 and a £15 victim surcharge.