A MAN who hassled police whilst he was drunk says he is getting help.

Jay Price, of Bond Street in Northwich, has been fined after admitting to drunk and disorderly behaviour.

Jessica Pridding, prosecuting, explained that at around 12.45am on June 2, Cheshire Police were called to an unrelated incident on Witton Street, which resulted in the arrest of a woman.

Price, in an ‘intoxicated manner’, attempted to pull the woman away from the police officer.

He then kicked and punched a police van before running away from officers.

On June 13, Price appeared at Chester Magistrates Court for a separate offence - an assault by beating charge dating back to January.

This incident involved a ‘serious attack’ in which Price was drunk.

For this, he was handed a 12-week prison sentence, suspended for 24 months as it was felt there was a realistic prospect of rehabilitation.

He was also ordered to complete a six-month alcohol treatment requirement and 35 days of rehabilitation activity.

When he returned to Chester Magistrates on Wednesday (July 3), Price told the court that he had been ‘going through a bad alcohol period’ but that he was now ‘getting help’.

Taking this into account, the magistrates opted to fine him £126, reduced to £40 as Price is in receipt of Universal Credit.

Chair of the bench James Fawson said: “This has proven to be an expensive night for you.

“We commend you for recognising you have problems and getting help.

“You are working, have an address. You have a lot going for you compared to a lot of the people we see.”