Drug dealer attacked Leeds police officer

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A DRUG dealer carried out a violent attack on a police officer after he was arrested for having cannabis in his car, a court heard.

Dean Lattibeaudiere left the officer with a gash to the head as he struck him as he tried to avoid being restrained during the incident in the Hyde Park area of Leeds.

Leeds Crown Court heard the officer was left in shock and needed hospital treatment for the injury to his forehead which later became infected.

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Robert Galley, prosecuting, said officers stopped Lattibeaudiere’s car as it sped away from them at 7pm on December 8 last year.

The officers then searched the vehicle as they could smell cannabis and found a bag contain around £900 worth of the class B drug.

Lattibeaudiere was arrested and began to become agitated and tried to reach into his pocket for his mobile phone.

The officers went to handcuff him but he struck out at one of them, causing the cuts to the head.

A tazer then had to be used to restrain Lattibeaudiere.

He pleaded guilty to unlawful wounding and possession of cannabis with intent to supply.

The court heard the officer had suffered memory loss and had to placed on light duties because of his injuries.

Mr Galley said: “It had quite traumatic effects for a professional officer.”

Lattibeaudiere, of Stainbeck Road, Leeds, has previous convictions for affray and assault.

The court heard he is currently working as a buffet supervisor at the Crowne Plaza hotel in Leeds and came from a strong and supportive family.

A probation officer told the court Lattibeaudiere accepted he had to be punished for what he had done.

Recorder Tony Hawks said: “I do not know what you thought you were doind.

“I was intending to send you to prison for 18 months and you could not have complained if I had.

“I have looked at the probation record and they have confirmed that you come from a decent family and you are in work.

“It is thanks to them that I am going to suspended the 18 months.”

Lattibeaudiere was given an 18-month sentence, suspended for two years, and was ordered to do 200 hours unpaid work.

He was also made the subject of a three-month curfew and told to pay £500 compensation to the police officer.

Recorder Hawks added: “This was quite an expensive night out for you and you are going to have plenty of time to think whether it was all worth it.”

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