Motorist who spat at custody officers escapes jail term

Motorist who spat at custody officers escapes jail term

By David Parker | 27/01/2021

Motorist who spat at custody officers escapes jail term


A MOTORIST who refused to pull over and then spat at the officers who took him into custody has been banned from the road for a year.

Curtis Bagley (24) was driving on Laithes Lane, Barnsley, when a police officer asked him to pull up, Mr Ian West, prosecuting, told Sheffield Crown Court last Thursday.

He refused and, after a short chase, he got out of his car and tried to run away.

“When he was detained, he lashed out, connecting with the neck of a police officer and pulling a lanyard from his neck,” said Mr West.

“The defendant was taken to a police station where he was aggressive and uncooperative.”

Bagley spat through his cell door, hitting an officer in the face and two others on the shoulder, said Mr West.

He spat at a fourth officer who attended to him later.

“In the morning, when he had sobered up, he had no recollection of what had happened and apologised,” said Mr West.

The officers were disgusted at Bagley’s behaviour

Bagley, who assaulted the officers in October 2019, admitted failing to provide a sample, failing to stop when required by a police officer, driving without a licence, driving without insurance, and five offences of assaulting an emergency worker at previous hearings.

Bagley, of Highfield Avenue, Athersley South, but previously of Pearson Crescent, Wombwell, had previous convictions for violence and motoring offences.

Mitigating, Mr Richard Canning said Bagley had maintained a full-time job laying gas and electricity cables.

“He knows his actions were disgraceful and wants to pass on his apologies again,” he said.

Judge Michael Slater gave Bagley a nine-month jail sentence, suspended for 18 months, and disqualified him from driving for 18 months.

“Although these offences are so serious, a spell of imprisonment is justified, I am able to suspend the inevitable term that has to be imposed to reflect the disgust that officers have of offences of this sort, particularly in the present time,” he said.