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Off-duty police officer forced to perform emergency stop after drunk man falls onto road

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BT Coleraine

A MAN who was so drunk he fell into the road in front of a vehicle being driven by an off-duty police officer and then relieved himself against a shop window at four o’clock in the afternoon.

Robert McMullan (32), a part-time landscape gardener, of Ballygallin Park in Coleraine, admitted charges of indecent behaviour and disorderly behaviour in relation to the Waterside area of the town on August 29 this year.

A prosecutor said an off-duty officer had to perform an “emergency stop” when the defendant fell onto the road.

Coleraine Magistrates Court, sitting in Ballymena on Monday, was told the defendant shouted and swore.

When arrested and interviewed he was later “very remorseful”.

Defence barrister Alan Stewart said the defendant was “very embarrassed” that he had relieved himself against the front window of a shop but that the defendant had claimed he wasn’t able to hold it in.

The court heard McMullan was shouting so loud his saliva struck a police officer and the defence lawyer said that had not been deliberate.

District Judge Peter King said the defendant “is old enough to know better”

He said: “This is well over and above the normal disorderly behaviour”.

Fining the defendant £400 the judge said that “in the current circumstances any spittle over any officer” is serious.

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