A DRUNK man who was caught by police urinating outside a South Tyneside charity shop has been hit with a court fine.
Khaled Aziz was so intoxicated he was ‘barely coherent’ when arrested in Fowler Street, South Shields.
He was deemed not safe to be in a cell due to his level of intoxicationProsecutor Neil Fodor
Officers on patrol had been alerted by a passer-by that a man was urinating on the pavement outside a charity shop on the street.
The 20-year-old was found to be so drunk that he was taken to hospital instead of being placed in a police cell.
Aziz, of Stanhope Road, South Shields, pleaded guilty to a charge of being drunk and disorderly when he appeared before South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court yesterday.
He was unrepresented during the hearing.
Neil Fodor, prosecuting, said: “Police were on Fowler Street, in South Shields at 11.20pm on Saturday, September 27, when they were alerted by a passer-by to a man urinating on the pavement outside a hospice charity shop.
“The officers tried to speak to him and found he was intoxicated.
“He was arrested for being drunk and disorderly. They described him as being barely coherent.”
Mr Fodor told magistrates that such was Aziz’s level of intoxication it was not ‘deemed safe’ for him to be held in a police cell.
He added: “When at the police station he was deemed not safe to be in a cell due to the level of his intoxication.
“He was referred to the hospital and en route was sick in the police car.
“His mother was called and attended hospital on her son’s behalf.”
Magistrates were told that Aziz had no convictions since 2011.
Aziz was handed a court fine of £37 and must pay a victim surcharge of £20.
He was also ordered to pay court costs of £85 – making for a total court bill of £142.