A WREXHAM teenager who assaulted a police officer trying to arrest him outside a town centre pub has been ordered to go on an alcohol detox programme.

Michael Taylor kicked the door of the Old Swan pub on Abbot Street during a drunken rage and the police were called.

They found Taylor in an alleyway and he charged towards one officer. Prosecutor Justin Espie told North East Wales Magistrates’ Court that he was shouting and swearing and fearing they would be attacked, the PC and her colleague took hold of Taylor’s right arm.

He shouted “police brutality” at them and they were unable to restrain him as he was flailing his arms around. They called for assistance and eventually needed the help of door staff to take Taylor to the floor.

A limb restraint was applied so he could be placed in the police van, but even there he continued to misbehave and spat in the rear of the vehicle leaving police with a £120 clean-up bill

The female officer suffered a hand injury in the scuffle which left her suffering pain and discomfort in one of her fingers.

Alcohol-dependent Taylor had drunk 14 pints and two Jaeger bombs.

Probation officer Simon Greenhalgh said that the defendant’s traumatic childhood underpinned his alcohol use.

“He is very remorseful and he has tried to get hold of the officer so he can apologise to her,” said the probation worker.

Taylor had been thrown out of the family home by his father and step-mother after he was sectioned.

He was drinking seven pints on a daily basis and needed to address his issues with drink. The trigger to his violent outburst came after he was separated from his friends and went looking for them.

He had been told his girlfriend was seen kissing someone else.

Taylor, 18, of Bryn Offa, Wrexham admitted the assault of an emergency worker, resisting a PC, being drunk and disorderly and criminal damage, all on August 24 this year.

He received a two-year community order and must undertake an alcohol treatment programme.