Court hears man ‘assaulted police in bid to get lift home’ from Portrush

A man assaulted a police officer in Portrush believing being arrested meant the PSNI would then give him a lift home, a court has heard.

David Nixon (26), of Kinsale Park in Derry/Londonderry, assaulted a police officer and was disorderly at Causeway Street in Portrush on May 18 this year.

A prosecutor told Coleraine Magistrates Court  police were alerted to the defendant being disruptive in a filling station and when he asked police for a lift home he was told that would not be possible.

Nixon then became angry and assaulted an officer saying police would have to arrest him and thought that way he could get conveyed to his address by officers.

Defence barrister Thomas McKeever said the defendant is attempting to address alcohol issues.

District Judge Mark McGarrity put Nixon on Probation with a condition that he attends a treatment programme and he also has to do 200 hours of unpaid work.

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