Woman sentenced for assaulting police officer while being arrested in Chelmsford

A woman who assaulted an Essex Police officer who was arresting her for criminal damage in Chelmsford has been ordered to attend an alcohol treatment programme.

Donna Bates, 45, had been ejected from the Ivory Peg pub in Chelmsford city centre on May 9 by security staff after they said she was being violent and causing a disturbance.

She then repeatedly hit one of the pub’s windows with her elbow and smashed it.

Police were called and officers from Chelmsford Community Policing Team arrested Bates, of Millfield, High Ongar, on suspicion of causing criminal damage.

She was uncooperative and three officers were required to walk her to a waiting police van. While they were placing her inside the van, she struggled, kicking one of them on the arm, and she was further arrested on suspicion of assaulting an emergency worker.

Bates was sentenced at Chelmsford Crown Court on Tuesday December 12 to a 24-month community order, including a six-month alcohol treatment requirement with conditions to undertake a treatment programme for 40 days and 30 days of rehabilitation activity. She was also ordered to pay £100 compensation to JD Wetherspoon.