A Broughshane man spat in the face of a police officer and snapped the handle off the inside of the door of a police car.
Adam Ruck (22), of Motte Farm, appeared at Ballymena Magistrates Court on December 6 and admitted assault and causing criminal damage during an incident on the night of November 11 this year.
Police were called to an ‘unrelated matter’ and Ruck was arrested but on his way to Antrim custody suite he became agitated, trying to remove his seat belt and moving towards the driver and also trying to open the rear door which was locked.
He snapped the door handle in two and spat in the face of a police officer.
A defence lawyer said Ruck had commenced new medication and it mixed with alcohol and had no recollection of what happened but when he was told he expressed regret and had penned a letter of apology.
The incident on November 11 was described as “out of character”.
District Judge Nigel Broderick said: “This was very poor behaviour, spitting at a police officer is quite a nasty thing to do”.
Ruck was fined £150 and ordered to pay £100 compensation to the policeman.