A MAN has been jailed after biting and spitting at two police officers as he was arrested.

Darrel Spink was ordered to serve 12 weeks behind bars following the attack on August 12 last year.

Huddersfield magistrates were told that the 24-year-old had been involved in a previous incident where he and another male swore and made racist comments at an Asian man and his partner.

Paul Ramsay, prosecuting, said: “A witness heard Spink use racist and derogatory comments, and said he was the most aggressive.

“Police arrived after the original altercation and matters escalated to the point that there was shouting and swearing.”

Mr Ramsay said that officers called to the scene on Victoria Lane, in Huddersfield town centre, and tried to handcuff Spink.

He said that he was in pain at being held to the ground and spat at one of the officers during the struggle, which landed on his body armour.

Spink, of Allenson Grove in York, was also placed in leg restraints and carried to the police van. While he was in the cells he bit down on the leg of the detention officer.

Spink, who admitted assaulting a police officer, said in interview that the restraints had caused him pain. He said that when he was on the cell floor the officer’s leg was near his face and he bit it to relieve his pain in the agony of the moment. Magistrates were told that Spink had 21 offences on his record, including three for violence.

Mike Sisson-Pell, defending, said that relations had initially been fine between the officers and his client until they discovered that he had a record.

“He said that they took him to the ground and he was in extreme pain in his head and wrists where he was forced onto the ground.

Magistrates were told that Spink’s offences were linked to alcohol misuse.