Drunk father in street attack on policeman
ADRUNK dad punched a man in the face and attacked a police officer during an incident in the town centre.
Stephen John Earles, 42, punched Wayne Greenwood following an altercation.
He then kneed PC James Podmore in the chest while he was arresting him, Macclesfield Magis- trates court heard.
Earles, of Nicholson Avenue, Macclesfield, denied the attack at an earlier hearing and the case was taken to trial.
But magistrates found the defendant guilty - leaving him with hefty court costs to pay.
At the sentencing hearing on April 28, prosecuting Jonathan Egan said: “The defendant was shouting abuse in the street at the complainant.
“They’ve known each other for 20 years but have never had any problems.
“He was aggressive towards the complainant.
“He continued to be abusive and punched him to the side of the face causing him to fall backwards.
“The defendant walked away down the street and the complainant called the police.
“He was found drunk by a town centre pub and he was confrontational with police.
“They moved to arrest him but he resisted officers and kneed one to the chest, with the force taken by his body armour.”
Earles pleaded not guilty to two counts of assault and resisting PC Garry Charnock in the execution of his duty during the incident on January 2, but was found guilty of the three charges.
Jenny Field, defending, said: “He accepts there was a verbal altercation and that he was drunk but said there was no physical violence towards the complainant.
“As a consequence of intervention by police and being taken to custody at Middlewich he taken to hospital with a serious injury to his ankle.
“He has a broken ankle and has had treatment, that’s why he’s on crutches today.
“The complainant had very minor injuries and there was no injury to the officer.
“He’s a plasterer and has not been able to work due to his injury. He’s a father of five and struggling with no income.”