Woman brandished blade in street

A DRUNKEN woman brandished a kitchen knife in the street after friends took her car and crashed it.

Donna Jenkins, 38, was challenged by a policeman in Blake Street, Hartlepool, in the early hours of the morning where she was carrying the large knife.

Teesside Crown Court heard she was upset after people she considered friends had taken her car and damaged it after drinking at her home.

Jenkins was overheard on her mobile phone saying she was “going to sort it out,” said Richard Parsell prosecuting.

He said: “A police officer in the vicinity approached her and told her to drop the knife.

“She raised it above her head, pointed it in the direction of the officer and proceeded to walk away from him, saying ‘who do you think you are talking to’.”

Jenkins ran off when the officer raised his baton but was quickly arrested.

She also had a small amount of cannabis resin she said was for panic attacks.

Jenkins told police she was upset at what her friends had done but could not remember being arrested after drinking two bottles of vodka.

Robin Denny, mitigating, said: “She appreciates the most serious part is she was out and about with a knife.

“It appears there was some provocative behaviour on the part of people she considered to be friends when they left her with a house significantly damaged and car crashed.”

Jenkins, of Hart Lane, Hartlepool, admitted possessing an article with a blade, possession of cannabis and a public order offence on May 5.

She received a six-month prison sentence, suspended for 12 months.