A DONYATT teenager who was drunk when he allegedly bit a special constable on the wrist claimed he had been touched inappropriately while in the back of a police car.

Reece Lewis was seen acting in a disorderly manner in the street in Chard and was offered a lift home by officers who were on patrol in the area.

When the defendant got into the car he was able to do his seatbelt up and then accused the special constable of touching him inappropriately.

Lewis was then alleged to have headbutted the seat in front of him and, after being handcuffed, allegedly bit the officer to his wrist.

The 18-year-old defendant, of Donyatt Hill, appeared before Somerset Magistrates sitting at Yeovil.

He pleaded guilty to being in Chard’s High Street while drunk and disorderly on November 2 last year.

However he denied an allegation that he assaulted an emergency worker, namely a police officer, acting in the exercise of his functions as such a worker.

Both matters were adjourned until April 9 when Lewis was ordered to return to the court to stand trial over the assault allegation.

Sentencing on the other offence was also adjourned to that date and until then the defendant was released on unconditional bail.