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Child saw Darwen drinks mum go ‘berserk’
5:00pm Monday 14th October 2013 in Darwen
A 24-YEAR-OLD woman went ‘berserk’ when police intervened after seeing her rowing with her partner, in front of a bare-footed young child, in the early hours of the morning.
Blackburn magistrates heard drunken Carly Leigh Craine had been to a house party in Darwen, and was in the process of walking the four miles home with the child.
The court was told the child, who was inappropriately dressed, was shivering, and was crying and screaming as she witnessed the ‘incredibly violent’ incident that followed.
Craine, of Stonyhurst Road, Blackburn, pleaded guilty to three charges of police assault, and being drunk in charge of a child under the age of seven.
She was sentenced to 20 weeks in prison, suspended for 12 months, made subject to community supervision for 12 months, and ordered to pay £150 compensation to PC Heather Haworth, and £50 each to PCs Neil Lowe and Ben Dowling.
Catherine Allan, prosecuting, said police came across the defendant, a man, and the child, at 1.20am, in Bolton Road, Darwen.
Miss Allan said the children’s grandparents were called to collect her and, while they were waiting, Craine tried to run off.
“In the course of trying to deal with the situation, three police officers were assaulted,” said Miss Allan.
Craine was in the back of a police car when she flung open the door and lurched towards PC Haworth screaming abuse.
She swung a punch which connected behind the officer’s ear, and then grabbed her by the hair and forced her downwards.
She spat at one officer and then dug her nails into his hand. A kick caught PC Haworth on the thigh, and the third officer was bitten on the arm.
“She was displaying extreme strength, so much so the officers thought she must be under the influence of some other substance,” said Miss Allan.
Craine was eventually taken to the floor and handcuffed, and transported to Greenbank police station. As she was being transferred to the custody suite, she broke free from the officers and kicked PC Haworth three times to the body.
“The officer ended up on the floor winded and retching,” said Miss Allan.
Gareth Price, defending, said she fully accepted what the officers said, and had written a letter of apology.
He said: “In that letter, she expresses her shame and thanks them for their efforts to try and help her.”