Drunk was arrested after girlfriend row

A DRUNK Eastbourne man became abusive to police following an argument with his girlfriend’s friend.

Stephen Saunders, 20, from South Cliff ran into trouble after officers were called out to an area of Eastbourne and saw a lady getting into a taxi who looked upset.

Saunders, who was captor sprayed after refusing to co-operate with police, pleaded guilty to using threatening words or behaviour likely to cause harassment, alarm or distress and obstructing a constable in the execution of their duty.

Eastbourne magistrates were told that the defendant, who had undertaken some volunteer work, would like to become a youth worker and until recently had worked in a sports shop.

Addressing the bench, Saunders apologised for his actions and said he didn’t usually drink to the excess, adding, “If I wasn’t drunk it wouldn’t have happened.”

For obstructing a constable in the execution of their duty he received a six month community order and was told to attend an attendance centre where he had to take part in 12 sessions which can include different activities and educational sessions.

He must also pay £85 costs. For the other offence he received no separate penalty.