Woman in car crash spat at off-duty policeman who stopped to help
CAR crash victim Josephine Berry has been fined after spitting in the face of an off-duty policeman who went to help her.
The 45-year-old was in a car that ended up in a ditch in Gloucester last Christmas Eve, the city's crown court heard.
PC Simon Peyton was on his way to midnight mass at Gloucester Cathedral with his family when he saw the car in the hedgerow.
Berry, of Mansfield Mews, Quedgeley, had been in the car and her daughter, who was driving, was still in it.
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Prosecutor Nick O'Brien said there was another vehicle at the scene and two men were also involved in the incident – one of whom has a trial pending on a charge of assaulting PC Peyton.
Berry had played no part whatsoever in the incident at the scene until the very end, when she went up to PC Peyton and spat in his face, Mr O'Brien said.
Berry pleaded guilty to assaulting PC Peyton and the court heard she had a previous conviction in 2000 for an assault on a police officer in Derbyshire.
The court was told by Berry's defence solicitor that she spat at the officer because he had told her not to leave the scene following a scuffle with others involved in the incident.
Berry lives on benefits and receives an allowance to help her care for her disabled daughter, the court heard.
Judge Jamie Tabor QC told Berry it had been a "somewhat confusing incident" which clearly also involved others but it was plain she had "behaved unpleasantly" to an off-duty policeman who was only trying to help.
"Spitting is a particularly unpleasant form of assault not least because it could transfer illness and infection to others," he said.
"As a grown lady you should have known better than to behave this way."
He fined her £250 and ordered her to pay £75 costs and a £25 victim surcharge.
A spokesman from Gloucestershire police said: "This case highlights the often challenging circumstances officers face when on duty and when they intervene in incidents while off duty.
"It is a reminder of the risks they put themselves at to protect the public."