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Darlington man kicked nurse and police officer while drunk
A MAN attacked a police officer and a nurse who were trying to help him after he was taken to hospital when drunk, a court has heard.
David Sean Regan, 47, lashed out and kicked a police officer in the shin before trying to kick the nurse in the head, knocking her backwards when he missed and hit her shoulder.
Regan, of Greenbank Road, Darlington, pleaded guilty to charges of assaulting a police officer, assault by beating and using threatening words and behaviour when he appeared at Darlington Magistrates’ Court.
The court heard that Regan was taken to A&E at Darlington Memorial Hospital at 11pm on September 4 by paramedics after he fell from a wall while drunk, hitting his head.
Vickie Wilson, prosecuting, read from a statement made by PC Martin Dauber, who had been called to the hospital to assist two other officers with a male who was being aggressive.
She said: “The defendant wanted to go to the toilet so officers assisted him because he was very drunk.
“He was threatening to officers. They were supporting him by his arms and he lashed out at PC Dauber using his heel, which connected with his shin.
“He was put back in his bed and a female nurse came to help and was trying to calm him down. He was aggressive and abusive to her before he raised his legs towards his chest and tried to kick her in the head.
“He kicked her in the shoulder and the force of the blow forced her backwards.”
Mrs Wilson said PC Dauber was x-rayed and asked to attend a fracture clinic for future treatment, while the nurse suffered an injury to her shoulder.
Jonathan Harley, in mitigation, said Regan had showed ‘unequivocal remorse’ for his actions and that he would not usually drink as much as he had done.
He added: “He is enormously ashamed of his actions – they are inexcusable in any context, but in an A&E department against people who were trying to help him, even more so.”
Probation officer Brenda Robertson told the court that Regan had a long record of similar offences while drunk and was asked by magistrates to compile a report about potential sentencing options for the latest incident.
He will be sentenced on October 8.
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