Former child-minder Samantha Elkin has been ordered to pay £30 compensation – after kicking a police officer in the groin.
Police discovered the 25-year-old in an intoxicated state after being called to Trent Vale.
It followed a report of a street altercation on Springfields Road.
Prosecutor Alicia Perry said: “An officer saw his colleagues trying to reason with this defendant. She was abusive, shouting and swearing in the street. She was staggering around, drinking from a bottle of alcohol.
“She continued to be abusive, shouting and swearing. At that point officers arrested her for being drunk and disorderly.
“On arrival at the Northern Area Custody Facility one of the officers helped the defendant out of the police vehicle. She was being aggressive and waving her arms around. The defendant kicked out at the officer, striking him in the leg/groin area. She was taken to the floor and continued to kick out at them.”
Elkin, of Springfields Road, Trent Vale, pleaded guilty to being drunk and disorderly in a public place and assaulting an emergency worker on February 28.
Janice Sain-Reiners, mitigating, said: “This whole situation is caused by drink. Someone came into the street where her family live, some money was owed to Miss Elkin by these individuals and a row ensued. The neighbours were sufficiently upset that they called the police.
“She is very sorry if she hurt the officer, she did not mean to.”
North Staffordshire Justice Centre heard Elkin had worked as a child-minder until she was convicted of possessing cannabis.
Ms Sain-Reiners added: “An amount of cannabis was found in her handbag. It was not hers.
“She was working towards qualifications and a career in child-minding. Since then she has lost everything she was working for. She has a care of address because she doesn’t have a home of her own, she’s sofa-surfing. She is about to have an assessment ahead of – hopefully – a detox.”
Magistrates handed Elkin a six-month conditional discharge. She must pay £30 compensation to the police officer.
Magistrate Peter Wright told her: “You have been through the shredder and come out the other side. Everyone is on your side and we want to help you.”AIMI