Worksop: Drink drive woman assaulted police officer

A woman who assaulted a police officer in Retford has been given a 12 month community order.

Shirley Cooke, 56, of North Moor Drive, Walkeringham, was found guilty of assaulting the officer after being found driving without a licence and under the influence of alcohol.

Prosecuting, Ruth Snowdin told the court how, at around midday on 26th May, police were informed that Cooke was driving while drunk.

An officer went to her address and saw her unloading items from her car.

Mr Snowdin said: “Cooke tried to walk off so the officer grabbed her by the wrist, and she kicked him in the shins repeatedly.”

The court heard how Cooke continued to kick the police officer before slapping him round the face.

As a result of the assault, the officer then forced Cooke to the ground and handcuffed her.

Mrs Snowdin siad that, during police interviews, Cooke denied drink driving despite recording a reading of 87 microgrammes of alcohol in 100ml of breath, and denied assault.

Magistrates at Worksop Magistrates’ Court gave Cooke a 12 month community order, with a requirement to attend an alcohol treatment programme over 10 days.

In addition to the community order, Cooke was ordered to pay £100 compensation to the police officer for the assault, and make a contribution of £100 towards court costs.

She was also disqualified from driving for a period of three years.