Man spat at police officer
A DRUNKEN man who spat at a police officer on the Hoe has avoided a prison sentence.
Daniel Vail, aged 29, attacked the sergeant who arrested him on a Sunday afternoon, Plymouth Magistrates' Court heard.
Vail told officers he had just been released from jail, the court was told.
District judge Nigel Hodkinson said his criminal record was 'very bad' but said his early guilty plea would keep him out of prison.
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Vail, of Woodcockwell Bungalows, Callington, admitted assaulting a constable in the execution of his duty on May 13.
He also pleaded guilty to being drunk and disorderly during the same incident. Mr Hodkinson sentenced him to a 12-month community order under probation supervision with a low intensity course to tackle his drinking. Vail must also pay his victim, Sgt Paul Laity, £100 in compensation and £85 towards prosecution costs.
Zeenat Begum, for the Crown Prosecution Service, said a police community support officer approached Vail on the Hoe because he appeared to be harassing a woman with a young child.
She added he was putting his arms around her.
Miss Begum said Vail hurled abuse and was aggressive towards the PCSO and other officers called to the scene.
Miss Begum said he spat at Sgt Laity while being arrested, with the spittle landing on his chest and cheek.
Adrian Hill, for Vail, said he could hardly recall the incident but accepted his behaviour was 'totally inappropriate'.