Man spat in the face of officer
Disqualified driver jailed for 12 weeks
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