Drink-driver bit and kicked Pc

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A drink-driver who reacted badly to being confined to the back of a police car kicked and bit a police officer, High Peak magistrates were told on Monday.

Rachel Pamela Culverwell, 20, was stopped while driving a Fiat Punto in Furness Vale on December 23, 2010, following a tip-off.

She failed a roadside breath test and had to be helped into the police vehicle after she nearly fell into the road.

Prosecutor Becky Mahon said Culverwell had kicked her feet between the two front seats striking Pc Ian De Pee to the right side of his face.

The defendant struggled violently, had bitten the officer and spat at him but missed. At the police station she provided a reading of 72 in breath, the legal limit is 35.

Culverwell, who admitted drink-driving, assaulting a PC and criminal damage, had behaved completely out of character, the court was told.

Chairman of the Bench Hilary Batterbee, sentencing Culverwell after reading pre-sentence reports said: “There was a considerable amount of mitigation which we have taken into account and your obvious remorse.”

Culverwell, of Merton Avenue, Hazel Grove, was given a six-month community order with a two-month curfew and an activity requirement.

She was banned from driving for 20 months, and was ordered to pay £85 costs, £76.38 compensation for cleaning the police car and £250 compensation to Pc De Pee.