A man who became abusive to Sunderland paramedics who were trying to help him spat into a police officer’s eye in facing a jail sentence.
Peter Scotter, 55, carried out the act at Sunderland Royal Hospital – where he had been taken for treatment after being arrested, Sunderland magistrates heard.
Prosecutor Lesley Burgess said the incident started when police were called by the ambulance service at 6.20pm, on October 26, to Hendon Road, where Scotter was behaving aggressively.
As officers boarded the ambulance, they saw him sitting in a chair with a minor head injury.
Ms Burgess said there was a strong small of alcohol on Scotter and he seemed extremely drunk.
She said he then launched in to a torrent of abuse and – despite repeatedly being told to calm down – he continued his tirade and was arrested and taken to Southwick police station.
Ms Burgess said: “Due to the head injury he was then transported to Sunderland Royal Hospital.
“He was taken to a treatment room and appeared to calm down.
“He requested removal of the handcuffs but, after the nurses had left the room, he lunged forward and spat a mouthful of spit into the officer’s face.
“Some of this gone into the officer’s left eye.”
Scotter, of Beach Street, Sunderland, pleaded guilty being drunk and disorderly and assaulting a police officer.
Anna Haq, defending, said: “This incident in the hospital with the police officer. Mr Scotter is fully aware that, no doubt, you will be looking towards a custodial sentence in relation to this incident.
“Mr Scotter is ashamed of his behaviour and has no recollection of it.”
She added: “He’d had seven pints of alcohol but that would not put him into this state.
“He does not understand how he received his head injury.”
The case was adjourned for reports to be prepared and Scotter was told by the bench that they did not rule out custody.
He will be sentenced at South Tyneside Magistrates’ court on December 6.