Drunk woman who punched police officer gets Christmas jail reprieve

Emma Hook pleaded guilty to assaulting a police officer at South Shields Police Station
Emma Hook pleaded guilty to assaulting a police officer at South Shields Police Station

A drunken woman who “exploded” onto the crime scene with a spree of offences against police has been handed a Christmas reprieve – to give her a chance to win her battle with the booze.

Emma Hook was warned she could spend the festive season behind bars by a district judge after admitting punching an officer at South Shields Police Station after a drink binge and hurling abuse at officers in two other booze-fuelled street clashes.

The 26-year-old was spared jail at a sentencing hearing at South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court yesterday, but was urged to meet the court “half way” by staying out of trouble.

Magistrates were told that Hook, of St Marks Way, South Shields, had no previous criminal convictions until she was arrested on November 2 after flagging down a police car in Western Approach, South Shields, to launch an expletive-filled rant at them.

She was arrested for being drunk and disorderly but had another brush with the law on November 30 when she made threats to kill police at South Shields Police station before punching a police constable in the chest.

Her catalogue of crime continued on December 13 when she was again spotted at Western Approach in a drunken state and arrested after telling police “I hit a police officer the other day, I will do it again”.

Hook previously entered guilty pleas to assaulting a police officer and two counts of being drunk and disorderly.

Clare Irving, prosecuting, said: “Quite clearly alcohol has played a part in all of her offences. She entered South Shields Police Station and said she was going to kill police officers. She was drunk and told officers they would ‘get it’ before clenching her fist and punching a police constable in the chest.”

The probation service has suggested she undergo a three-month order of treatment to tackle her alcohol abuse.

David Forrester, defending, said; “At the age of 26 she has exploded onto the criminal justice system. She is drinking far more than is sensible. Her actions indicate she is lashing out at the world.”

Robert McDonald, chairman of the magistrates, said: “This can’t go on. You need to meet the court halfway and work with the probation service.”

Hook was handed a 12-month community order and must complete a three-month alcohol treatment order. She must also pay £20 compensation to the police officer she assaulted, as well as a criminal courts charge of £150 and a total of £255 of prosecution costs for the three offences and a £60 victim surcharge –making for a total court bill of £485.