Drunk abusive soldier on Ipswich night out told police officer "Do you know who I am?"
PUBLISHED: 10:06 15 December 2016
A soldier who fell out with a friend during a night out in Ipswich has admitting being abusive towards a police officer.
Ryan Mitchell pleaded guilty at South East Suffolk Magistrates’ Court to being drunk and disorderly in Westgate Street, Ipswich, and to obstructing a police officer.
The 20-year-old committed the offences early on November 28.
Prosecutor Tess Mann said police were alerted to a group of men apparently fighting in Westgate Street.
When officers arrived there were two men, one of whom was Mitchell. They were said to be drunk and fresh injuries were visible.
Mitchell had a bleeding graze on his right forearm. When spoken to he became abusive and swore at a police officer.
The other man explained there had been a disagreement between friends.
Mitchell was told to stop swearing but continued to do so.
Mrs Mann said at one point Mitchell told an officer: “Do you know who I am? I’m in the Army. I would have you in a heartbeat.”
Mitchell, representing himself, told the court he had been on guard duty at his base but was allowed 24 hours off and had come into Ipswich for a night out.
He added: “Me and my friend got into an argument, not punching, just a couple of grabs.”
Mitchell said the officer grabbed him and he believed the officer was not within his rights to do so. He admitted being drunk, but said he thought he was defending himself.
Mitchell, who is from Hull, concluded by saying: “The day after, I went back to camp and was disgusted by my behaviour and bringing the Army into disrepute.” Magistrates fined him £300 and ordered him to pay £85 costs, as well as £30 to the victims’ fund.