POLICE feared a drunk man staggering towards a railway line as a train approached was going to jump a level crossing barrier and when they saved him he became disorderly, Coleraine Magistrates Court heard on Monday.
Stephen Christopher Doey (51), of Garron Park in Portrush, came to police attention on the afternoon of Saturday December 7 this year.
A prosecution lawyer said police saw the defendant staggering towards the railway barrier beside Coleraine Train Station.
The defendant kicked the barrier and police officers stopped Doey believing he was going to try to jump the barrier.
He swore at police and then spat in a police vehicle which cost more than £70 to clean.
At court the defendant, who had 83 previous convictions, pleaded guilty to being disorderly in the Bushmills Road area of Coleraine and causing criminal damage to a police car.
Defence barrister Alan Stewart said Doey was drunk and didn’t remember the incident but accepted the police were trying to prevent him “from inadvertently stumbling onto the train track”.
The court heard the defendant had been drinking at a house with his brother and his brother then went to get a haircut and the “fresh air” then hit Doey.
Mr Stewart said the defendant accepted he had issues with alcohol.
The barrister said Doey was “very grateful” to the police officers who had prevented him from crossing the railway line.
The court heard the defendant was in breach of a suspended sentence.
Deputy District Judge Brian Archer deferred sentencing for six months but warned Doey if there was any more offending he faces jail.