A drunken mum launched a vicious attack on a female police officer – headbutting her until she lost consciousness.
Angela Walmsley acted like a “wild animal” after seeing her husband Joe get arrested following a row in a chip shop.
The 26-year-old flew into a rage, believing police were being too heavy-handed during his arrest, and was told she would be arrested herself.
But when PC Sally Kelly tried to handcuff Walmsley, she threw her head back hitting the officer in the face.
She then grabbed her hair and pulled her head round to face her, then ripping out clumps of hair and repeatedly headbutting her in the face until she blacked out.
Members of the public and other officers had to step in and pull Walmsley off PC Kelly.
Walmsley, from Ribbleton, Preston, pleaded guilty to assault causing actual bodily harm at South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court.
The court heard the couple were in South Shields on July 5 to attend a wedding in the town the next day.
Sarah Guest, prosecuting, said: “Officers were called to Frankie’s fish and chip shop in Stoddart Street at 9.30pm, to deal with a couple who were causing trouble over an order.
“The defendant and her husband were both drunk, and were taken outside and told to calm down.
“Joe Walmsley was swearing and making hand gestures to the staff in the shop.
“He was told to calm down but continued, and was arrested.”
The court heard that 25-year-old soldier Mr Walmsley served in Iraq and Afghanistan and is suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder after being injured while on duty.
He was given a caution after his arrest.
Mrs Guest said: “While Mr Walmsley was being arrested, the defendant started to shout and swear and said he was a ‘soldier who has fought for Queen and country’ and said they weren’t going to lock him up.
“PC Kelly cautioned and arrested her and managed to get one handcuff on. While she did that, Walmlsey flung her head backwards and headbutted her in the forehead.
“She then grabbed her hair and pulled it towards her head and headbutted her in the face three times.”
The court heard PC Kelly then blacked out and members of the public stepped in.
One witness gave a statement saying the attack was a “savage and unprovoked” and Walmsley was “vicious” and “like a wild animal”.
Michelle Stonely told the court that Walmsey, who has a 16-month-old child with her husband, had no previous convictions.
She added: “She wasn’t happy with the way the police were dealing with her husband.
“Thankfully, the officer’s injuries weren’t very serious although she was knocked unconscious.
“She is ashamed and disgusted at her behaviour.”
Magistrates committed the case to Newcastle Crown Court for sentence.
Walmsley will appear in Newcastle on a date to be fixed and was granted unconditional bail until then.
The police officer attacked by Angela Walmsley described the experience as the worst of her eight-year career.
A statement from PC Sally Kelly was read out at South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court.
It said: “I have been a police officer for eight years and have never experienced that level of violence. I feared for our safety.
“I was in a vulnerable position and wasn’t able to see whether anyone else would join in with the attack.”
Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner Vera Baird said:“This was a disgraceful attack on an officer carrying out her work. When attacks like this happen we look to the courts to deliver an appropriate sentence.”