A DRUNK mum punched a taxi driver and hurled abuse at cops after refusing to fork out £13 for a Mother's Day trip.
Armani Nicholson, 32, had spent the afternoon boozing with friends and family before ordering a taxi to her home in Darlington, County Durham.
Newton Aycliffe Magistrates Court heard that the mum shouted abuse at the taxi driver, before punching him in the chest three times.
Police were called, and she began abusing the cops from her window as people walked past her home on March 26.
The mum-of-one was ordered to pay compensation of £13 for the taxi fare as well as £100 to each victim.
Nicholson is also subject to a two week curfew and must not leave her home between 8pm and 6am.
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The court heard that the taxi driver confronted Nicholson after she ran off, before calling the police.
Officers gained access to her property and arrested the mum, but she continued to be abusive and lashed out at the cops.
She assaulted two officers while being asked to change into anti-ligature clothing for her own safety.
John Garside, prosecuting, told the court: "She then shouted words to the effect of 'get out of my garden you freak'.
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"The defendant had been shouting abusive language from her upstairs window into the street. She was shouting "f*** off".
Nicolson admitted two counts of assaulting a police officer, one of common assault, one of making off without payment and one of using threatening and abusive language to cause harm, alarm of distress.
In a victim impact statement the taxi driver described it as a “waste of his time”, adding that he has “lost trust in people and fears this will continue to happen.”
One officer's statement outlined how he "doesn't come to work to be assaulted" and highlights how they "attended after she called for help only to hurl abuse at me".
Single mum Nicholson works four days a week as a cleaner, with the court being told that she made a "serious error in judgement" in drinking.
Nick Musgrove, mitigating, said: "If the police officer has formed the view that she is someone who thinks she can do and get away with what she wants that is not the case.
"She has fully accepted that her behaviour was very poor on that night.
"She pleaded guilty and the first opportunity and I think that does show there is genuine remorse.
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"Although she is not of good character, she doesn't have anything for assault. She is not someone who is prone to this sort of behaviour."
The court heard how having relied on the police in the past she was "ashamed" that she had acted in such a way.
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