Pub DJ abused police as officers went to help pal

ARREST: Ashley Brown abused a police sergeant who he thought was arresting his friend after a pub brawl.

ARREST: Ashley Brown abused a police sergeant who he thought was arresting his friend after a pub brawl.

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A Cross Hands DJ has admitted verbally abusing a police officer who he mistakenly thought was arresting his pal during a late-night incident at an Ammanford pub.

In reality, the officer was attempting to assist 23-year-old Ashley Dwaine Brown’s friend, who worked as a barman at the venue.

Brown, of 66 Cae Glas, appeared before Llanelli magistrates to admit using threatening, insulting and abusive language towards Police Sergeant Theresa Ross during the incident on November 30.

Dennis Davies, prosecuting, told the court how PS Ross and other officers had been called to the pub in Ammanford town centre shortly before midnight following reports of a fight inside.

During the melee, officers had used PAVA spray to debilitate one of the individuals involved.

Brown’s friend – who was not involved in the incident - had been affected by the chemical, causing PS Ross to go to his aid.

“The officer was holding this person by the arm,” said Mr Davies.

“She was not arresting him, but trying to help him after he had been affected by the spray.”

However, when Brown spotted his friend being held by PS Ross he went to confront the officer.

In a foul-mouthed and aggressive rant, Brown repeatedly shouted at PS Ross that his friend “had not done anything”.

“I’m the DJ here,” he told her.

“You have not caught the one who caused the fight so you arrest the barman.”

Brown was repeatedly warned to step away, but refused and continued shouting and swearing in an aggressive manner.

Kate Williams, defending, said: “He accepts his behavior on that night was completely unacceptable.”

“Emotions were running high,” she said. “His friend had not been involved in the earlier incident but had become caught up in it and had been affected by the PAVA spray.

“He thought his friend was being arrested.

“He accepts that he should – at the point when the officer told him to go away – have left, but he did not. He knows what he did was wrong.

“He did not threaten anyone with any violence but he knows his behavior towards an officer doing her duty was unacceptable.”

Brown was fined £75 and ordered to pay £85 costs and a £20 legal surcharge.

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