A PARISH councillor has expressed his regret after he was fined for throwing himself on the ground in a drunken rage during a late-night row over his bus fare.
Great Eccleston parish councillor William Proctor – known locally as Jim – admitted a charge of being drunk and disorderly in a public place when he appeared at Preston Magistrates’ Court.
He told the court he had been scattering a friend’s ashes and was in considerable pain from an arm condition when the driver refused to accept his bus pass on November 16.
And when police arrived, Proctor, 68, a member of the Neighbourhood Watch committee, became abusive and threw himself on the ground, making “strange noises”, the court heard.
Mr Proctor today told The Gazette: “I don’t remember much about that night.
“There’s not a lot I can say, I had a pain in my shoulder and I don’t remember most of it – it just happened.
“I don’t normally go home that late during the week and the bus driver told me I would have to pay a fare, my bus pass wasn’t valid. I said I wasn’t aware of that and that’s how it started.
“It was a build up of circumstances over time. I’d had a drink and that was the reason for it all. It was just unfortunate circumstances.
“I’ve lost a lot of friends over the years and that was the final straw. It’s regrettable and it has upset a quite a few people in different organisations.”
The court heard how police were dealing with a collision at the Preston Bus Station at around 11.30pm, which was causing delays.
But when they were called to a nearby bus, they discovered Proctor standing in the doorway, shouting and demanding to be taken home.
One officer asked him to stop shouting, explaining the bus driver was not able to take him because of the delays but that alternative transport would be arranged.
But the councillor, of Raikes Road, Great Eccleston, started shouting in the officer’s face and threw himself on to his back, flailing his arms and legs around.
The crown prosecutor told the court: “Proctor continued making very strange noises and was shouting and screaming. He wasn’t prepared to be taken into custody.
“He was taken to the police station where he continued in the same way for quite a long time.”
Proctor explained to the court he was in pain and was on morphine and steroids for his condition.
Magistrates ordered the councillor to pay a £37 fine, £50 prosecution costs and a £20 victim surcharge.