Man spits on pair of officers, tries to bite another in drunken frenzy

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A Sarnia man is looking to address his alcohol issues after pleading guilty to assaulting a police officer.

Jaden Plain was at a Front St. house party in January when he became belligerent and combative with party-goers. Plain was restrained while police were called and he was arrested when the officers arrived.

As officers led him to the squad car he attempted to bite one of the officers before spitting in another’s face.

Police restrained him and take him to the station. Once there Plain again became aggressive and spit in another officer’s face. He was finally taken to a cell.

“I’ve always known that I’ve had a problem with drinking. I don’t drink to have fun, I drink to black out,” Plain says. “I enjoy myself for an hour and then I don’t know what’s going on.”

This is Plain’s third assault conviction in the past 14 months.

In court on July 16 Crown attorney David Rows stressed that Plain is running out of chances.

“You understand the need to change your life, and we’re all supportive of that process for you,” Rows says.

“The behavior is unacceptable and it relates to that substance abuse problem that you must deal with,” says Justice Deborah Austin. The judge handed Plain a sentence of six months probation. He must take counseling, not have any weapons, and stay away from the Front St. house.

“Your criminal record stands as a record of assault. But it doesn’t define you,” says the judge.

“The fact that you have made a lot of strides in your life that balance against this criminal record show me that you have the opportunity to have a good life ahead of you and not come back to the criminal court system.”