Man who was drunk at 8am arrested after row with girlfriend and the police

South Tyneside Magistrates' Court

South Tyneside Magistrates' Court

A man who was drunk at eight o’clock in the morning was arrested after arguing with his girlfriend and the police.

Officers were called to Cheviot Road, South Shields, by the female partner of Josh Knight because she felt threatened, South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court heard.

Lee Poppett, prosecuting, told the court Knight, 22, was abusive and argumentative toward the officers twice.

He said: “When the police arrived they found Knight outside.

“It seems he had been asked to leave the house, which he had done, but was still in the garden.

“He was argumentative and abusive with the police, but did move on when asked to do so.

“Unfortunately, he came back, and was once again argumentative and abusive.”

He added: “The officers warned him about his language, but he continued swearing.

“He was cautioned and arrested.”

Knight, of Highfield Road, South Shields, admitted being drunk and disorderly on April 6.

The court heard he was of previous good character.

Representing himself, Knight said the incident had been sparked by an argument with his girlfriend and admitted that she had felt threatened.

He said: “I had been arguing with my girlfriend.

“We were both in each other’s faces.

“She did feel threatened, so she called the police.

“I was upset, which is what I told the police, all I 
wanted to do was to speak to her.”

He added: “She didn’t want this to go any further but I understand it was me who was drunk and disorderly.

“I’m not a bad person, I work Monday to Friday and I pay my way.”

He added: “It was just an argument that got out of control.”

Knight was given a conditional discharge of six months.

He was also ordered to pay £105 in fines and costs within 28 days.