A 31-YEAR-OLD man arrested for being drunkenly abusive towards police said he ignored warnings to leave the town centre as his mum was picking him up.

Raymond Arthur Lawton, of Winchester Avenue, Great Sankey, pleaded guilty to being drunk and disorderly at Halton Magistrates Court on Thursday.

Lawton told the court his mum picks him up from nights out in Warrington as his drunken behaviour has got him into trouble before.

He was arrested after being aggressive towards a female Cheshire Police officer on Bridge Street at 2.45am on November 23 last year.

Explaining his actions, Lawton, who has a previous conviction for being drunk and disorderly, apologised to the court.

He said: “I’m sorry.

“I did not mean to be abusive or aggressive in any way.

“Maybe I’d had one too many drinks.

“I was on my way home.

“I’d agreed to get a lift home with my mother.

“I know it sounds silly, as a 31-year-old man, but because of what has happened before she says ring me when you’re at the taxi rank and I’ll pick you up.

“I was on my way to the car and I was being maybe too confrontational.”

When asked by District Judge Bridget Knight if drinking too much is a problem, Lawton replied: “It comes down to the way I come across when I’ve had a drink.

“Maybe I need to take a long look at how I present myself to other people.”

Alison Warburton, prosecuting, said police were called after the defendant was abusive to door staff on Bridge Street.

He was drunk and his speech was slurred.

She said: “Police attended and spoke to the defendant.

“He had been warned an hour previously to the incident, warning him as to his behaviour.”

Lawton was fined £100 and told to pay £85 costs, and a £20 victim surcharge.