Violent Alan Pawlowski grabbed his girlfriend by the hair, covered her mouth and pinned her to the ground – during a row over a phone.
Police were alerted to the incident after the 46-year-old called his victim’s sister and she could hear screaming in the background.
And when he was being detained Pawlowski had to be pepper-sprayed in the back of a police car.
Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court heard the incident happened on August 23.
Prosecutor Richard McConaghy said: “The defendant and the injured party were in a relationship.
“On the day in question, Mr Pawlowski was drinking. The injured party rang a male friend of hers. There was an argument.
“During the argument the defendant grabbed the injured party by the hair. He covered her mouth and she said she struggled to breathe at one stage.
“He pinned her down on the stairs. She managed to answer the phone. He took the phone and spoke to her sister.”
Police arrived to find Pawlowski ‘clearly drunk’. He was put into the back of a police car and became agitated.
Mr McConaghy added: “He thrashed his arms around and wouldn’t calm down. The police tried to handcuff him.
“Officers had to use their PAVA spray inside the car. Mr Pawlowski was swearing at police throughout.”
When Pawlowski, of no fixed address, was interviewed he answered ‘no comment’ to all questions. He pleaded guilty to charges of assault, resisting a police officer in the execution of their duty, and assaulting an emergency worker. The court heard he has a number of previous convictions, including domestic assaults and breaching a restraining order.
Barry White, mitigating, said: “In the defendant’s basis of plea he says it was a scuffle in relation to the mobile phone. My instructions are this was a casual relationship.
“With regard to the assault on an emergency worker, the use of the PAVA spray really wasn’t necessary. The defendant was antagonised by that.
“He is in custody on recall and his sentence expires in November. He wants to get out as soon as possible.”
Judge David Fletcher handed Pawlowski a five-month prison sentence.
He said: “You are currently on recall so I am left with no alternative but an immediate custodial sentence.”