Drunk man refused to give officers his name

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A Buxton man ran away from police because he thought he was about to get mugged, a court heard.

Police had been called to a man causing trouble outside an address on High Street, Buxton, at around 7.40pm on September 22, High Peak Magistrates’ Court heard.

On arrival, they saw a man in an alleyway so approached him to speak to him, prosecutor Jennifer Fitzgerald said.

The man was asked for his name but refused to give it, before running off down the alleyway. Officers chased him and tried to handcuff him, but there was a struggle and one of the officers was injured. He was eventually arrested and discovered to be Paul Cartwright.

The 26-year-old, of Byron Street, admitted obstructing/resisting a constable.

Kirsten Collings, defending, said: “It was derby day and he accepts he had been drinking. Perhaps his perception of what happened was affected by alcohol.

“He takes a short cut down an alleyway and is approached by two males he doesn’t know to be police officers.

“His first thought was that he was going to be assaulted or mugged so he runs.”

Cartwright was fined £235 and ordered to pay £85 costs, a £24 surcharge and £100 compensation to the officer who was injured.