Clubber obstructed police chase

PUBLISHED: 10:47 15 September 2001 | UPDATED: 10:31 03 March 2010

A MAN who barged into a police officer as he chased after a fellow night-clubber has been sentenced to community service.

A MAN who barged into a police officer as he chased after a fellow night-clubber has been sentenced to community service.

Jospeh Lee, of Alderlee, Ipswich, admitted charges of threatening behaviour and assaulting a police constable at a court hearing.

Magistrates heard that 21-year-old Lee punched a man outside the Opium Lounge in Tacket Street following a dispute over cigarettes.

After the attack Lee chased the victim, who was not named in court, down the street. Pc Sharon Haddock attempted to stop the pursuit by blocking Lee, he then ran into her.

Pc Haddock received bruising to her elbow in the incident and required medical treatment.

The assault happened in the early hours of Saturday, May 26.

David Taylor, prosecuting, said: "The club was closing and members of the public were pouring out on the street.

"Officers at the scene said the atmosphere was becoming charged and there were pockets of play fighting."

Mr Taylor continued: "The defendant was part of a group. He was seen to approach a male and punch him in the face."

Robert Thomson, for Lee, said the defendant had been provoked into hitting the man.

He said: "As far as the threatening behaviour goes he did throw a punch at this other male, this followed an argument the man was having with Mr Lee's girlfriend in the club over cigarettes, which got out of hand."

He added: "He then chased this male down the street and the police officer stepped out in front and tried to stop him. He went straight into her knocking her down.

"It was not deliberate but it was clearly reckless."

At the hearing, magistrates sentenced Lee to 60 hours community service for each offence. The orders will run concurrently.

He was also ordered to pay £50 compensation to Pc Haddock.

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