Teenager charged with criminal damage after spitting on police car during arrest

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A TEENAGER ended up facing another charge after spitting on a police car while being arrested.

Dylan McNulty had tried to spit at the officers, apprehending him on an unrelated matter, but missed his target and ending up hitting a force vehicle.

The 18-year-old was charged with criminal damage for the offence in Jarrow on Saturday, January 10.

McNulty, of Severn Drive, Jarrow, admitted charges of resisting arrest and criminal damage when he appeared at South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court yesterday.

He also admitted separate offences of stealing an £11.99 case of Budweiser lager from Jarrow’s McColls newsagent’s on July 18 last year, and causing £100 worth of damage by pushing over a display stand at the Homefinder office in Market Place, South Shields, on December 11.

Keith Laidlaw, prosecuting, said: “At 2.20pm on January, McNulty was arrested from an address on Hill Park Road, Jarrow, by two police officers.

“He became abusive and had to be restrained by the officers.

“He shouted abuse at them and was told to calm down. He continued to be abusive.

“When he was escorted to the marked police vehicle, he spat towards the officers, but hit the police vehicle.

“It had to be wiped off, and the nominal value placed on the damage caused was £10.”

Valerie Bell, defending, said: “He is 18 years old. He is not heavily convicted at all.

“To his credit, he has pleaded guilty at the first possible opportunity. He should be given maximum credit for that.

“He used inappropriate language and caused damage. He accepts that.

“I would ask that you consider dealing with these matters today by way of a financial penalty, then he can draw a line under this.”

McNulty was given a 12-month conditional discharge and ordered to pay £11.99 compensation to McColls for the alcohol theft.

No compensation was awarded to the police or Homefinder for the two criminal damage charges.

McNulty was also ordered to pay costs of £85 and a £15 victim surcharge.