TWO police officers thought they were going to die when a Kidwelly man they were taking into custody attacked one of them, a court heard.
Anthony Glyn Pinnington, of Heol Tregwyr, Llansaint, grabbed the driver of the car, forcing the vehicle to swerve as it was travelling at around 60mph.
The 51-year-old had previously pleaded guilty to a charge of assaulting a police officer in the execution of his duty.
He was given a suspended prison term when he appeared before magistrates in Carmarthen on Wednesday.
He had also admitted being drunk and incapable in Ferry Road, Kidwelly.
Ellie Morgans, prosecuting, said police were called to Kidwelly on September 20 after a woman saw a man on the floor outside the Spar shop.
Although nobody was there the officers — Harding and Davies — found him in a nearby field lying on the ground.
Pinnington swore and was aggressive towards the officers, who arrested him and charged him with a public order offence.
He was put into a police car to be taken to Llanelli Police Station.
During the journey from Kidwelly to Llanelli he assaulted officer Davies, who was driving, as they travelled between Llanelli and Pembrey.
Officer Davies said he suddenly felt fingers thrust into his mouth and dug into his face.
"I can only describe it as being fish-hooked," he said in a statement.
"It caused me immense pain, I was pulled towards the rear of the vehicle. He had hold of me for several seconds."
Officer Davies said the car was travelling at around 60 to 65 miles per hour, and the car swerved.
"I thought we were going to die," he added.
Officer Harding, sitting in the back of the vehicle, was trying to pull Pinnington off his colleague. He said in his statement that he felt their lives were at risk.
The officers stopped in Pwll, where Pinnington was transferred into a police van for the remainder of the journey.
Pinnington was described as "totally unco-operative" while in custody.
Kate Williams, mitigating for Pennington, said her client felt "ashamed" and was remorseful for the incident.
"He accepts it was a very serious incident and he could have been injured as well as the police officers and other members of the public," she said.
Ms Williams added that Pinnington was aware of his issues while drinking.
Magistrates sentenced Pinnington to 16 weeks in prison, suspended for 18 months.
Conditions include a supervision order, to include 15 sessions of alcohol activity to deal with his drink problems.
Magistrates also ordered Pinnington to pay £150 compensation to officer Davies, who was left with a cut to the left cheek.