A MAN who spat in the face of a police officer after crashing an Audi car whilst under the influence of drugs has avoided jail.
Cathair McKendry (21), formerly with an address at Mill Street in Cushendall but now of Carrowcrin Road near Armoy, appeared at Coleraine Magistrates Court on Monday.
A prosecutor said that at 1.55am on a date in June last year police were called to a road traffic accident where an Audi car had crashed at the junction of Lodge Road/Adelaide Avenue in Coleraine.
McKendry ran off into a garden and when arrested he became aggressive.
When police tried to put him in a vehicle he told officers: “F–k off, I’m not getting in there you f–king black b–tards”.
He kicked out and spat in a police officer’s face and tried to bite his finger whilst saying “F–k you you black Orange b–tard”.
A cell van was called and he again struggled.
Xanax tablets were found on him when he was taken to Coleraine custody suite.
McKendry admitted charges including driving whilst unfit; being disorderly; assaulting three police officers and resisting one of the officers.
Defence solicitor Garrett Greene told the court that at the time of the incident the defendant had been suffering from ongoing difficulties in relation to mental health.
He said there was a “positive” pre-sentence report.
District Judge Peter King said custody was entirely merited but said McKendry had been engaging well with Probation and to allow that work to continue he was not jailing him.
Ordering the defendant to do 240 hours of Community Service he said any breach of that could lead to a five months prison term.
McKendry was also banned from driving for 18 months.