Mum assaulted police officer

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A DRUNKEN Creswell mum-of-four must pay compensation for assaulting a police officer and damaging a force car.

Police were flagged down on Elmton Road by a witness who had seen Marie Taylor walking in the middle of the road apparently trying to harm herself.

Chesterfield magistrates heard how PC Amelia Anstey-Ainsworth found Taylor sitting on a bench, crying hysterically, saying she wanted to die.

“She said her partner had been having an affair. The officer was extremely concerned and arrested her under the Mental Health Act for her own safety,” said Helen Griffiths, prosecuting.

Taylor, 33, then became abusive and refused to get into the police car. She struggled and, after being handcuffed, acted like a ‘dead weight’ to make it difficult to move her.

Mrs Griffiths said Taylor became volatile again. She was wearing high heels which marked the inside of the car door as she kicked out.

Taylor pushed her fingernails into PC Anstey-Ainsworth’s wrists, scratching them as she tried to get her into the car.

She later told police she was upset about a relationship break-up and drank two bottles of wine, but she had no wish to commit suicide.

Taylor, of Model Village, Creswell, admitted assault and damage on 9th September.

Magistrates gave her a 12 month probation supervision order. She must pay £130 costs, £50 compensation and £150 for the damage.

“She found her partner had cheated on her. She’s been with him since she was 15,” said Denney Lau.

“She went out drinking to try and get over things.”

Mr Lau added: “She didn’t want to involve anyone in her problems. She didn’t intend to hurt the officer or damage the vehicle. It was because she was intoxicated and struggling.”