Man kicks police officer

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A NORTH Derbyshire man kicked a police officer after a domestic incident led to his arrest, a court heard.

Michael Darwent’s partner called police at 9.15pm on March 25 to ask for him to be removed from her address.

Becky Mahon, prosecuting, told Chesterfield magistrates drunken Darwent was arrested to prevent a breach of the peace and handcuffed.

He was aggressive on the way to the police station, removing a seat belt and trying to kick the officer driving the vehicle.

“Blue lights were illuminated on the vehicle to speed up the journey to the custody suite,” said Ms Mahon.

“He kicked Pc Mark Walton’s leg and was told not to do it again but he kicked him twice more on his right shin.

“The next day he said he had been an idiot for kicking off with police and he apologised, although he thought they had wound him up on the way to the police station.”

Darwent, 38, of Brassington Street, Clay Cross, admitted assault. He had previous convictions for assault and possessing drugs.

The justices ordered him to do 100 hours unpaid work and pay £75 compensation to Pc Walton, with £85 costs.

“There was a misunderstanding between him and his partner. They had both been out for a drink and he arrived home first and fell asleep.

“She thought she had been locked out deliberately and police were called. He thought they weren’t listening to him and he lost his temper and kicked out,” said Phil Bloore, for Darwent.

He added that Darwent, unemployed for four weeks, and his partner were still together.