A COUPLE’S first night out since celebrating the birth of their baby ended in a woman repeatedly slapping a police officer, a court heard.
The couple, Loretta Ankers, 20, and Hezekiah Perks, 27, both of Church Street, Tarvin, had been at Ankers’ sister’s home for a night out on August 10, three months after the birth of their first child.
West Cheshire Magistrates Court heard that Ankers had “far too much to drink” and had an argument with her sister which led Perks to take the decision to drive them both home.
Perks, who pleaded guilty to failing to supply a sample of breath for analysis, driving without insurance and driving without the correct licence, was stopped on the way home at 5am on Barnhouse Lane, Great Barrow, near Chester, by PC Andrew Harrop who had noticed the Vauxhall Corsa he was driving was going too fast.
Prosecuting, Alison Warburton told the court that PC Harrop had seen a man driving the car and when he stopped the car he handcuffed Perks because he believed he was driving without insurance.
Mrs Warburton said that when this happened Ankers became “distressed” and began screaming at the officer that she was driving, not Perks, and stood in between the two.
PC Harrop believed both had been drinking and radioed for assistance and then Ankers slapped him twice. PC Harrop then tried to arrest Ankers, after putting Perks in his car, and she resisted.
Meanwhile, Perks had managed to climb from the back of the police car to the front, get out and run down the street. PC Harrop then left Ankers to give chase to Perks who he quickly detained before Ankers caught up and slapped him twice to the head again.
Ankers, who pleaded guilty to obstructing a police officer during execution of his duty and assaulting a police officer, then walked back to her car and got into the driver’s side before more officers arrived.
The couple were arrested and Perks refused to provide a sample of breath and became “aggressive and threatening”.
Ankers began kicking the inside of the police car window so officers put leg restraints on her and put her back into the car where she began to headbutt the window.
In interview Ankers, who had no previous convictions, said she couldn’t really remember anything about the incident but showed “genuine remorse” for her actions and apologised to the officer, saying: “I’m sorry, I didn’t mean to hit him.”
Perks made no comment in interview.
Mrs Warburton said that Perks had 10 previous convictions for 25 offences including driving with excess alcohol and driving without a licence.
Defending, Stephen Coupe said the incident began after an argument broke out between Ankers and her sister after several hours of drinking which led Perks to make the “foolish” decision to take her home.
Mr Coupe said that Ankers’ behaviour was totally out of character and was down to drinking far too much after not drinking for around a year due to her giving birth three months before the incident.
He also said that Perks had “turned his life around” since meeting Ankers
Magistrates sentenced Ankers to 50 hours’ unpaid work and ordered her to pay £100 compensation to the PC Harrop and costs.
Perks was given a 12 month community order with 100 hours’ unpaid work, disqualified from driving for 44 months.
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