‘Assault victim’ arrested after swearing at police

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A DRUNKEN man who called police to report he had been assaulted end up being arrested himself – after launching a volley of abuse at officers.

Police attended the home of Michael McElwee in Selby Court, Jarrow, after he contacted them to say a woman had attacked him.

However, the 30-year-old believed his complaints weren’t being taken seriously and swore at the police.

He then barged past the officers standing at his front door and told them “put me in your van, you know you want to”.

After failing to respond to calls to calm down, McElwee was arrested.

He admitted a charge of being drunk and disorderly in a public place at South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court yesterday.

Magistrates fined him £85 for the offence.

Glenda Beck, prosecuting, said: “At 11.45pm on July 2, police were responding to an allegation of an assault.

“When they arrived at the address, McElwee didn’t acknowledge them, and just stood at the door and glared. He used abusive language towards them. He was reminded he had called police to report an incident.

“He continued to swear and was told to sober up after being identified as drunk.

“He barged past the officers and past the front garden gate onto Selby Court and said ‘put me in your van, you know you want to’.

“He was then cautioned and arrested.”

Valerie Bell, defending, said: “Mr McElwee has pleaded guilty at the first opportunity.

“On the day in question he had far too much to drink.

“He called the police to say he had been attacked by a female.

“He didn’t feel he was being taken seriously.

“But he accepts his behaviour was out of order and he should not have used language like he did, which is why he has pleaded guilty immediately.”

McElwee was fined £85 and ordered to pay costs of £85 and a victim surcharge of £20, making for a total court bill of £190.