A drunken man had to be restrained by police after being thrown out of a pub.
Liam McMillan, 28, was one of two men ejected from the Adam and Eve pub in Frederick Street, South Shields.
But, Magistrates at South Tyneside Magisrtaes Court were told, McMillan then became aggressive towards police were were called to the scene because he felt they were being “heavy handed” while they spoke to a friends of his.
The court heard the incident only came to an end when he was wrestled to the ground by the officers.
Glenda Beck, prosecuting, told the court: “Outside the pub he became abusive and aggressive to the police.
“In order to be arrested he had to be taken to the ground and forcibly restrained.”
McMillan, of Wharton Street, South Shields, admitted being drunk and disorderly.
The offence happened on May 4.
Magistrates heard he has a previous conviction for possessing an offensive weapon.
Joanne Gaetens, defending, said: “Mr McMillan has no previous convictions of a similar nature.
“He initially went over to try to calm his friend, who was being spoken to by police.
“As far as Mr McMillan is concerned the officers were heavy handed.
“He has since taken steps to reduce his drinking.”
McMillan was given a conditional discharge of 12 months, and ordered to pay £105 costs.