A woman has been jailed for biting a police officer after trying to give them false details about her identity to avoid being arrested.
Lisa Harbun became abusive and aggressive towards West Midlands Police officers, who tried to arrest her on suspicion of burglary.
Harburn initially pretended to be someone else when officers went to her flat in Ledbury Close, Ladywood, on 30 October last year.
But when officers asked her to prove her identity, the 26-year-old became violent and started to attack the officers.
An officer was thrown across the room and then bitten on her thigh – suffering bruising.
A total of five officers were needed to bring her under control.
Harbun was charged with assaulting an emergency worker but failed to attend an initial court hearing last Thursday (4 March).
This failure to appear at court led to a warrant being issued for Harbun’s arrest, and she was picked up a short time later.
Harbun pleaded guilty to her attack on the officer at Birmingham Crown Court on Monday (8 March) and was jailed for seven months.
Detective Sergeant James Birtles, from force CID, said:
“Harbun’s appalling behaviour has quite rightly seen her put behind bars.
“She lied, became aggressive and then bit another human being which is frankly deplorable. To compound this, she showed further disrespect by failing to appear at court when she was first summonsed.
“There can never, ever be an excuse for assaulting a police officer. Our staff are routinely on the frontline doing all they can to keep people safe and bring criminals to justice.
“The fact this happened during the ongoing public health crisis when there is even greater risk to officers just reinforces how distasteful Harbun’s actions were.”
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