A MAN ended up in court after an early-hours rant at police in a South Tyneside street.
Michael Fox accused two officers of being bullies while they were sitting in a police van in King Street, South Shields, at about 4am on Saturday, March 15.
The 37-year-old was asked to leave the area by the officers, who noted he appeared to be drunk, and they arrested him after he refused to do so.
Fox, of Australia Grove, South Shields, admitted being drunk and disorderly in a public place when he appeared at South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court.
John McGlone, prosecuting, said: “Officers were in a police van when Fox approached and spoke to them through the window, calling them bullies.
They noted his speech was slurred, his breath smelt of alcohol and his eyes were glazed over.”
Fox also began speaking to a couple on the street, and the woman told him ‘I don’t know who you are’.
He was arrested for being drunk and disorderly.
Geoffrey Forrester, defending, asked for Fox to be given full credit for his early guilty plea.
Fox addressed magistrates himself, apologising for being drunk and disorderly.
Christopher Hutchinson, chairman of the magistrates, gave Fox an absolute discharge.