Drunken South Shields DJ demanded police lock him up to save him walking home in the early hours

A drunken South Tyneside volunteer DJ demanded police lock him up for the night to save him a walk home, a court heard.

Thursday, 9th January 2020, 6:00 am
Updated Thursday, 9th January 2020, 11:17 am

Adam Porter, 20, of Selbourne Street, South Shields, threatened to smash windows in nearby properties after turning up at Gateshead police station at 2am on Saturday, November 30, last year.

South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court heard he told a PC: “You’re going to have to lock me up, because I’m not walking all the way home to Benwell.”

The court was told Porter, a volunteer worker and disc jockey with teenagers with behavioural issues, got his wish by being arrested and locked up.

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The case was heard at South Tyneside Magistrates' Court.

Prosecutor Laura Lax said: “It was approaching two o’clock in the morning when there was a report that a male was continually calling at the front door.

“It was clear to the officer that he wanted somewhere to sleep that night. Over the next 30 minutes the officer had to try to calm him down.”

Ms Lax said Porter, who pleaded guilty to charge of drunk and disorderly, has 15 previous convictions from 23 offences.

Tracey Wood, defending, said: “He is extremely sorry for his behaviour. He did just want a bed for the night. He was in drink.

“He had had an argument with his partner and didn’t have anywhere to sleep. He made a big noise to try to get a bed for the night.

“He is a volunteer worker. He teaches and encourages 13 to 19-year-olds who have behavioural issues. He DJs and encourages them through music.

“He has told me that there is a possibility of paid employment and they are looking to recruit him on a part-time basis.

“I think this has just been a mistake from an emotional incident between him and his girlfriend.”

Magistrates fined Porter £40 and ordered him to pay £85 court costs and a £32 victim surcharge.

Pauline Barrett, chair of the bench, told him: “It was a very, very expensive night out. You could have got a taxi for a fraction of that, you could even have got a hotel room.”