Mike Hassini pleads guilty to drink-driving but denies assaulting police officer
- Bang Showbiz
- 13 September 2016
Mike Hassini has pleaded guilty to causing a crash while under the influence of alcohol but has denied that he attacked a female police officer while in custody in August
Mike Hassini has pleaded guilty to drink-driving but has denied he attacked a female officer in custody in August.
The 'Only Way is Essex' hunk - who is currently suspended from the show following the incident - has admitted he crashed into a Mercedes on Oxford Street, London, in the early hours of August 15 while more than two times over the legal alcohol limit, but has claimed he can't remember lashing out at the police officer while under arrest that night.
Speaking at the Westminster Magistrates' Court in London on Monday (12.09.16), Mike's lawyer Colin Nott said of the alleged attack: "It's said to have happened when he was asleep in the cell and they roused him and there was a kick, no injury. And as I have said he wasn't challenged about it at all when interviewed the next day."
Officers also recorded at the time that they'd found a wrap of cocaine in Mike's possession before they took him to Charing Cross Police Station after the boozy crash.
However, Mr. Nott has asked the court to throw out the cocaine case as it was only a "very small amount."
He said of the drug charge: 'It's a very very small amount. It wouldn't be in the public interest to prosecute."
Prosecutors will review the charge and make their decision before Mike stands trial for assault on December 14.
Although the 21-year-old star has been released on unconditional bail until his trial in three months' time, Judge Karim Ezzat handed Mike an interim driving ban.
He said: "You have pleaded guilty in relation to one matter, I'm not going to sentence you today. On the face of it it's going to be a community order in relation to the drink-driving charge. I'm subjecting you to an interim disqualification from driving that starts from this moment."
Meanwhile, Mike found himself in hot water last month after he ploughed his car into the Mercedes, which was subsequently shunted into a bus, in the West End.
He was arrested and forced to spend the night in a cell after he blew over the national legal limit on the breath test.
It's not known whether anyone was hurt in the collision.