Man spat in the face of of­fi­cer

Dis­qual­i­fied driver jailed for 12 weeks

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Kather­ine Cleme­tine

A DIS­QUAL­I­FIED driver who spat in a po­lice­man’s face said he did it be­cause the of­fi­cer ‘de­served it’.

Heav­ily tat­tooed John Rudge, 49, car­ried out the vile act against the of­fi­cer while he was be­ing ar­rested for driv­ing of­fences in Ruis­lip ear­lier this year.

Rudge, of no fixed ad­dress, ap­peared at Eal­ing Mag­is­trates’ Court on Oc­to­ber 14 when he was sen­tenced to 12 weeks’ im­pris­on­ment for as­sault­ing a po­lice of­fi­cer and driv­ing while dis­qual­i­fied.

On July 25, uni­formed of­fi­cers in a marked po­lice car ob­served Rudge rid­ing his mo­tor­bike er­rat­i­cally along Pem­broke Road.

Po­lice stopped the ve­hi­cle, but when the of­fi­cers got out to speak to Rudge, he drove away from them.

An in­ves­ti­ga­tion to trace Rudge’s where­abouts was launched, and two days later of­fi­cers tracked their man to an ad­dress in Hayes where he was ar­rested.

It was then that Rudge vi­o­lently re­sisted ar­rest and spat into the face of one of the of­fi­cers. Later, once he had been taken into cus­tody, he said that the of­fi­cer ‘de­served’ it.

Sergeant Liam Moore, of Hilling­don Bor­ough Po­lice, said: “My col­league has shown great hu­mil­ity and pro­fes­sion­al­ism through­out this in­ves­ti­ga­tion de­spite Rudge’s vile ac­tions.

“We never know what we are go­ing to en­counter and how we will be re­sponded to, but pro­tect­ing the com­mu­nity al­ways re­mains our pri­or­ity ac­tion.”

Rudge was also or­dered to pay £50 in costs to the of­fi­cer he spat at, along with £180 court costs and an £80 vic­tim sur­charge.

He has also been dis­qual­i­fied from driv­ing for one year.

n JAILED: John Rudge

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