A man found himself sobering up in a cell after drunkenly mistaking a female police officer for a stripper, a court has been told. Paul Harbord had been drinking all day when he made...
A man found himself sobering up in a cell after drunkenly mistaking a female police officer for a stripper, a court has been told. Paul Harbord had been drinking all day when he made the mistake and flicked a towel at the officer in the Black Bull, in Old Shotton, near Peterlee, County Durham, on December 29. Peterlee magistrates heard the 27-year-old rigger was part of a large group dressed up and looking forward to some “entertainment” booked for later that evening. A female police officer arrived at the pub, following concerns that the group was getting “rowdy”. Vicky Wilson, prosecuting, said: “Harbord shouted “look, here is one of the strippers” as he flicked a bar towel in the officer’s face.” Harbord, who was arrested after the incident, pleaded guilty to obstructing a police officer. He was given a six-month conditional discharge and told to pay £100 in costs and victim surcharge.
to sober up/dessoûler – drunkenly/en état d’ébriété – to mistake for/confondre avec – stripper/strip-teaseuse – to flick/lancer – towel/serviette (de toilette) – rigger/ouvrier sur un chantier de forage – to look forward/attendre avec impatience – to book/réserver – concern/inquiétude – rowdy/agité, turbulent – to prosecute/poursuivre (en justice) – to plead guilty/plaider coupable – conditional discharge/libération conditionnelle – victim surcharge/suramende compensatoire