A DRUNKEN man attacked two police officers who dragged him out of bed after his girlfriend complained about his behaviour.
Simon Burdis was wearing just his boxer shorts when he headbutted one officer and kicked the other in the eye.
The 30-year-old had returned home drunk after causing trouble in the Lord Nelson, Monkton Village, Jarrow.
Unhappy with his behaviour, Burdis’ girlfriend called police to remove him from their home, in Thames Road, Hebburn.
When they got there, Burdis was in bed and refused to leave. As they tried to carry him out, he lashed out at them.
Burdis pleaded guilty to two charges of assaulting a police officer in the execution of their duty.
Stan Sudworth, prosecuting, said: “Just before midnight on February 23, police were called to the Lord Nelson after the manager complained that the defendant was causing trouble.
“When the officers got there, he had left and there was no trouble, but shortly after they were called by his girlfriend, who wanted him to leave their home.
“He was in bed under the covers when they got there.
“They tried to reason with him, but he swore at them.
“When they grabbed him, he headbutted one in the face and kicked the other in the eye.”
Richard Roger, defending, said: “We accept the facts of the case and he has a number of previous convictions for public order offences.
“The last time he was convicted of assault he was given a community order, which he completed successfully.
“But he has never been involved in anything like this.
“There is a common thread running through his offending, which is alcohol.”
He added: “There is an underlying issue with alcohol that needs to be resolved.”
Magistrates adjourned the case until March 19 for the probation service to prepare a pre-sentence report about Burdis.