Drunk fined after admitting offence

A DRUNK man stood in the path of an oncoming police car on an emergency call in Ipswich, a court heard.

A DRUNK man stood in the path of an oncoming police car on an emergency call in Ipswich, a court heard.

The police officer who drove at speed with blue lights flashing in Upper Orwell Street slowed when he saw Jose Maia step into the middle of the road.

Stephen Colman prosecuting at South East Suffolk Magistrates' Court, said: “The defendant smiled at him then bent forwards and remonstrated as if to expose his buttocks.”

He said the officer drove past the 58-year-old and continued to the emergency call at Christchurch Park entrance where a fight had broken out.

The officer later returned to town and found Maia outside a restaurant in St Helen's Street close to his home in the same street.

Mr Colman said Maia was drunk, he shouted noises at the officer and refused to give his name.

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Maia pleaded guilty to disorderly behaviour on August 3 and accepted that the offence breached a six-month conditional discharge imposed on June 6 for a similar offence.

Mr Colman said police officers had been driving in Norwich Road on May 29 when they noticed Maia urinating into the road in full view of passers by.

Claire Hullock mitigating said her client worked long hours at Marks and Spencer, lived in an overcrowded communal house and drank because he was lonely.

She said most of his previous convictions for similar offending were drink related.

She added that Maia was “ashamed” of his behaviour but had no recollection of offending.

Magistrates fined Maia £70 for the May offence and £100 for the August offence.

He was also told to pay £35 towards court costs.

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