A MAN who had been out in town for the first time since turning 18 has been charged with being drunk and disorderly.
Lewis Handley, of Davids Hill, Georgeham, pleaded guilty to the charge at North Devon Magistrates Court on Friday.
Ben Winzer, for the prosecution, told the court how police were called to Boutport Street in Barnstaple at 10.10pm on August 15, following reports that a fight had broken out.
The court heard how Handley had to be dragged away from the fight by when police arrived.
Police suspected Hadley was under other influences and attempted to carry out a search on him.
Hadley became resistant and had to be cuffed.
Mr Winzer said the incident was further aggravated by the fact the street was busy at the time.
Handley, who was not represented by a solicitor, said that he drank a bit too much and “turned into an idiot.”
“It was the first time I had been out properly since my birthday, I can’t remember fighting,” he said.
Presiding magistrate Dr Martyn Steer-Fowler told Hadley he would have to deal with his behaviour or he would be back before the court again and again.
Hadley was fined £90, which Dr Steer-Fowler said reflected the fact he was obstructive to police.
He was also ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £20, and £85 in court costs.