Chelsea Henley, 18, slumped to the ground after kicking a squad car and then lay on the ground with her eyes closed as an officer struggled to get her to her feet, a court heard
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A teenage McDonald’s worker turned dead in the street after falling in a drunken daze during a wild night out with her family when she was attacked by police.
Chelsea Henley, 18, slumped to the ground after kicking a squad car and then lay on the ground with her eyes closed as an officer struggled to get her to her feet, a court heard.
During last month’s riot, Henley – who had been drinking heavily – was given a chance and advised to go home, but as relatives looked on, she defiantly clutched the PC to her chest.
She was eventually bundled into a police van, where she stepped on officers before being escorted to cells and left sober.
At Warrington Magistrates’ Court, Henley of Birchwood, Warrington, faced up to 12 months in prison after admitting to assaulting an emergency worker and being drunk and disorderly in the Cheshire town.
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But she escaped with a £140 fine with costs of £119 and a victim’s surcharge after the court heard she was originally accused by police of being drunk and, following a review by CPS lawyers, was only charged with assault .
Sentencing Henley, the bench chairwoman, Katherine Whitaker told her: “I hope you don’t think it was a good night since you ended up in court. It certainly doesn’t look like a good night to me.
“Emergency workers should be protected as they work and they should not expect to be attacked as they work. There will be no compensation but I hope you will take note and that we will not see you again.”
The court heard that Henley was intoxicated when officers spotted her on Bridge Street in Warrington town center in the early hours of May 29.
“PC Pringle was in Warrington town center with another uniformed duty officer at 2:15 a.m. when her attention was drawn to the accused,” prosecutor Alex Morgan said.
“She then walked around and approached PC Pringle and kicked his motor vehicle. It didn’t do any damage, but she fell to the ground in the process. She remained lying on the floor with her eyes closed, but still breathing.
“PC Brown tried to wake her up but the defendant did not get up until she was told she would be arrested.”
Shortly thereafter, the court heard that PC Pringle asked Henley to leave the area, but she poked him in the chest area with both hands.
“PC Pringle brought the defendant to the ground and arrested her on charges of police assault,” Ms Morgan added: “When she was placed in the back of the police vehicle, she tried to punch out before being restrained and placed in the back of the police vehicle. “
The hearing was told Henley had never previously appeared in court.
Defense attorney Gary Schooler said mitigatingly, “This is clearly out of character. She had been out with family and friends over the course of the evening and had clearly consumed excessive amounts of alcohol, according to family.
“She pushed PC Pringle, but nothing else. There is an indication that she was kicked out, but that included no contact with officers.
“Police clearly looked at all the evidence and decided the level of insult was minor and she would only be charged with drunkenness and disorderly conduct.
“She was never officially questioned about anything else. However, the CPS has an obligation to review the charges, and it has done so. She pleaded guilty at the first opportunity.”
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