Good Samaritan police officers were repaid with a torrent of abuse by a Angus woman found lying at the door of their station.
Samantha Sturrock had downed up to 30 drinks on a night out before being found slumped outside Montrose police office.
But officers’ good intentions to get her safely home were met with a volley of swearing and struggling.
The 43-year-old was eventually arrested and has now been ordered to carry out unpaid work for her “totally unacceptable” behaviour.
Accused had no recollection of events
Sturrock, of High Street, Brechin admitted repeatedly acting aggressively towards police on August 9 in Ferry Street, Montrose and struggling with officers.
Forfar Sheriff Court heard Sturrock started to struggle when she was being put in a van to be given a lift home.
As she was being taken out of the vehicle at her home she dug her nails into one officer.
Police try to come to your rescue and you behave in this way, which is totally unacceptable.
Sheriff Derek Reekie
Solicitor Ann Duffy said her client had consumed a significant amount of alcohol during a night out and recalled going home but her partner was not pleased about the state she was in and ejected her.
“She has little recall of what happened after that,” said the lawyer.
Sheriff Derek Reekie noted a social work report suggesting Sturrock had consumed 20 to 30 drinks.
‘Extraordinary’ amount of drink
He said: “You must have had an extraordinary amount of drink and have no recall. Police then try to come to your rescue and you behave in this way, which is totally unacceptable.
“I note you’re concerned about a custodial sentence but if you continue to carry on in this way the court is going to run out of options.
“You have previous convictions but there has been a ten-year gap and it looks like something has gone wrong in the last while.”
Sturrock was placed on supervision for a year and ordered to carry out 80 hours unpaid work.