Drunken mother spat at and abused police officers
A DRUNKEN mother who spat at and racially abused police officers was allowed to walk free from court after her sentence was deferred.
Amanda Woodward, of Lullington, spat wine into the face of an officer and hurled racist abuse at another during two separate incidents last year.
The first occurred when the 42-year-old rang the police on November 3 after an argument with her husband.
She was drunk when two officers arrived and told them she wanted her husband to be arrested.
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Woodward pleaded guilty to common assault, racially aggravated assault and two charges of assaulting a police officer.
Christopher Gabbitas, prosecuting, told Derby Crown Court: "The officers went to arrest Mrs Woodward to prevent a breach of the peace.
"As they went to take hold of her she grabbed a glass of wine, poured it into her mouth and spat it in the face of one of the officers." She was bailed for that offence but on December 27 another call was received and officers again attended.
Mr Gabbitas, said: "Mrs Woodward's husband said he had been punched in the face but did not wish to press charges.
"However, she was arrested and again spat in the face of another officer. She also shouted racist abuse at an Asian officer."
Judge John Gosling told Woodward: "I do not believe you are a racist but when you are drunk you act in a really disgraceful manner.
"But you are doing well on the order that you are subject to at the moment and I want to keep an eye on you.
"You are going to have to take control of this drinking because if you do not, and I see you again I will have to do what I do not want to and send you to prison."
Woodward's sentence was deferred until June 13, when she will appear before Derby Crown Court.