Teenager admits kicking PC in drunken attack

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A TEENAGER who wants to a become a police officer has admitted assaulting a constable after she was ejected from a town centre nightclub for being drunk.

Laura Wood, 18, of Beaconsfield Road, kicked a police officer in the shin after she had been arrested for being drunk and disorderly.

Hastings Magistrates Court heard how Wood had been ejected from the Fluid Nightclub at 11.45pm on September 24.

A police officer spoke to Wood and arranged for her mother to pick her her up, but while at the Odeon cinema in Robertson Street she started to shout and swear.

Wood admitted being drunk and disorderly in a public place and assaulting a police officer in the execution of their duty when she appeared in the dock in court.

Jeremy King, prosecuting, said: “After leaving the nightclub, Wood continued to shout and swear at officers and at midnight she was taken to the police station.

“While at the station she was struggling with a police officer and then kicked him in the shin causing bruising.

“She continued to struggle and had to be then given captor spray by an officer.

“In police interview she said she did not remember much of the night as she had consumed so much alcohol.”

The court heard Wood, who works as a call handler for Saga Insurance, had previously been given a caution for being drunk and disorderly on September 18.

Samantha Wingfield, defending, said: “She had been out with friends at the Fluid nightclub.

“But she says the officer may have exacerbated the situation by grabbing her arm.

“She accepts that her behaviour was not particularly good and she was reckless.

“I asked her about the future and she said she wants to become a police officer.

“She does not have a drink problem and accepts she drinks a lot in one go as a lot of young people do when it is readily available.”

Magistrates gave Wood a 12-month conditional discharge and ordered her to pay costs of £85.