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Watford man, Daniel Savage, sentenced to six months in young offenders institute
Knocking back vodka proved costly for young Watford man Daniel Savage.
Not only was he arrested after getting involved in a fight, but on Friday when he appeared at St Albans Crown Court he was sentenced to detention in a young offenders institute.
Savage, 20, who in the past has had other brushes with the law while drunk, pleaded guilty to using threatening, insulting, abusive words and behaviour to a female police officer in the early hours of Sunday, September 1.
Neil King, prosecuting, said two police officers on mobile patrol saw the defendant in High Road, Leavesden, straddling over another man on the ground and punching him.
The prosecutor said when the female officer took hold of Savage to break it up and slapped him in handcuffs, he called her a "stupid bitch" barged his shoulder into her and tried to head butt her.
In the end she was forced to use parva spray on him and he yelled at her "I will fight you. Just you wait".
He was taken to the police station but couldn't be interviewed until he had sobered up.
He said he had been drinking vodka the night before and had no recollection of the incident.
Mr King said Savage, of Rushton Avenue, Watford, was extremely apologetic, tearful and said he was ashamed of himself.
In fact, said the prosecutor, Savage's arrest that night and charging meant he was in breach of a suspended sentence he had received earlier.
The court was then told that for two offences of assaulting two men occasioning actual bodily harm while he was drunk in 2011 he had received a six month prison sentence suspended for 21 months, placed on supervision and told to perform unpaid work.
That sentence was handed out to Savage in April of 2012, but just five months later and while drunk, he damaged an ornamental float in a pond outside Oceana nightclub in the High Street, Watford, causing £300 worth of damage.
He subsequently appeared at St Albans Crown Court for that offence and received a community order and supervision, and the operation period for the suspended sentence was increased by three months.
It meant that when he was arrested for his drunken behaviour last month, he was still subject to the suspended prison sentence.
The court heard Savage acknowledged alcohol lay behind his offending and wanted to be put on an intensive awareness course to help him.
Recorder Brian told the defendant: "This was disgraceful behaviour while on drink."
As a result he activated three months of the suspended sentence and gave Savage a further three months for the latest offence.
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