A TEENAGER was arrested after swearing at police.
Alex Mason was in a car that officers pulled over in Sunderland Road, South Shields.
When they tried to speak to the 19-year-old he became abusive and was arrested.
Mason, of Sycamore Avenue, South Shields, pleaded guilty to being drunk and disorderly at South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court.
Stan Sudworth, prosecuting, said: “It was 2.50pm on September 21 when officers pulled over a Vauxhall Corsa driving on Sunderland Road.
“There were five men inside and the defendant was one of them. He was drunk but wasn’t the driver.
“He swore at the officers and was warned about his behaviour.
“When he swore again he was arrested.”
Mason was given a 12-month conditional discharge and ordered to pay £85 costs, with a £15 victim surcharge.
District Judge Helen Cousins said: “He has a dreadful record.”
“Swearing at police could have resulted in a far worse charge than it did and it is completely unacceptable.”