Bassetlaw drink driver bit cop after crash that left car upside down

A Bassetlaw man who bit a police officer on the arm as he was being arrested after crashing his car must wait until September to be sentenced because of staffing shortages in the court system.

By Tim Cunningham
Thursday, 29th July 2021, 1:20 pm

Liam Wallwork's grey VW Polo was found upside down in the middle of a road in Gamston, following a road traffic collision, just after midnight, on July 3, said prosecutor Sarah Holland.

He presented himself to police and said he had been drinking, and he failed a roadside breath test.

But he was putting a seatbelt on when he bit the officer on his left arm, leaving a " particularly unattractive injury."

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Wallwork was taken to King's Mill Hospital, in Sutton, in case he was injured where he refused to provide a blood sample.

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"Biting the officer within a pandemic is a dangerous injury with regard to communicable diseases," Ms Holland told the court.

When he was interviewed afterwards, Wallwork said "no-comment" to all questions.

The court heard he has a previous conviction for drink driving, from August 2018, when he was fined £275 and banned from driving for 12 months.

Wallwork, aged 24, of Beech Walk, Elkesley, Retford, admitted failing to provide a specimen for analysis and assault by beating of an emergency worker , when he appeared at Mansfield Magistrates Court, on Thursday.

Pars Samrai, mitigating, said a pre-sentence report would be necessary.

Magistrates heard the probation service was too short-staffed to provide one at the hearing, and the case was adjourned until September 7.

An interim disqualification, banning him from driving, was imposed until he is sentenced.