A BUILDER’S labourer narrowly escaped jail for throwing a chip at a policeman.
Nathan Smith was in breach of a suspended prison sentence when he was arrested for throwing the morsel in the early hours.
Smith, of Horsebridge Road, Grange Park, was arrested for being drunk and disorderly by the police officer who was the victim of the chip crime.
Pam Smith, prosecuting, said the officer had arrested a friend of Smith at 2.15am.
Smith became abusive. The officer got in his car and a chip was thrown landing on one of the vehicle’s seats. When the officer drove off more chips were thrown.
Smith admitted the offence and his lawyer Steven Townley said: “This will seem to be a foolish matter to be brought before the courts-however it was not probably foolish to the officer who was trying to do his job.”
Magistrates gave Smith a final chance after hearing he had found himself work.
He was fined £100 and ordered to pay £55 costs.