Man bit Pc after drink driving

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A FATHER of five bit a policeman’s finger after drink driving, a court has heard.

David Iain Ross, 31, of Elizabeth Road, Brandon, was also abusive to neighbours and damaged police property on the night of December 22, Bury St Edmunds Magistrates’ Court heard on Wednesday.

He pleaded guilty to charges of drink driving, resisting a Pc, assaulting a Pc, criminal damage and using threatening or abusive words and behaviour.

The court heard he got drunk on the night as it was the anniversary of his father taking his own life. Ross was four at the time.

Alan Wheetman, prosecuting, said the incident began when neighbours heard shouting from Ross’ house and saw him looking agitated outside.

Neighbours who tried to calm him down received a volley of abuse in response.

He was then seen getting into his blue Renault Espace and driving away. He returned shortly after.

Three police officers were called to the house and tried to calm down Ross in his living room.

But he became ‘extremely violent’, biting Pc Jamie Vincent on the finger.

He also broke a radio during the struggle.

Malcolm Plummer, in mitigation, said Ross suffers from depression and wanted to visit his father’s grave on the night.

Ross was given a one year conditional discharge, disqualified from driving for 18 months and ordered to carry out 120 hours of unpaid work.

He must also pay Pc Vincent £25 in compensation and £650 in costs.