A DRUG addict spat in the faces of two cops after being arrested for stealing from a supermarket.
Leanne English, 31, of Shakespeare Road, Burton, appeared before magistrates in the town charged with theft and assaulting two police officers.
Sarah Bowen, prosecuting, said: “At about 1.30pm on September 4, the defendant went into Sainsbury’s and selected three computer games and placed them in a black bag.
“She was stopped by a security guard and failed to comply. She then ran away and hid in Cross Street.
“She removed her T-shirt to change her appearance.”
English was detained by security staff and the items were returned to the store.
Ms Bowen said: “After her arrest she was taken to custody, which is when she became particularly violent to officers.”
The court heard English swore at the police officers and threatened to bite one of their arms off. She then spat in both officers’ faces.
John Skinner, defending, said English had a history of drug abuse and had been addicted to heroin before a previous prison term .
He said: “The theft wasn’t planned. The other person handed her a bag and the alarms went off.
“She had been drinking. She is not somebody who is a big drinker, and the combination of drink and drugs provoked her to act out of character.
“She has asked me to publicly apologise to the officers on her behalf. There is clear remorse on her side.”
English, who has 77 convictions on record and spent three months in prison this year for shoplifting, was given two 15-week jail terms for the assaults on the police officers, which will run concurrently. The sentence was suspended for a year.
She was sentenced to four weeks for the theft, also to run concurrently.
A 12-month community order with supervision was also made, and she must attend a drug rehabilitation programme.
English will also have to pay a total of £290 in court costs.