A GOUROCK woman who urinated in a taxi before hurling booze-fuelled abuse at police has been warned she could be jailed if she doesn't behave herself.

Ann Knox, 54, who got in the cab following a drinking session in Greenock.

The town's sheriff court heard how she had to stump up £77 for her fare and the cleaning of the taxi after an incident on December 11 last year.

Prosecutor Lindy Scaife said: "Police attended and she became aggressive and she shouted and swore in stating, 'I've got money for the taxi, shut up'.

"The accused also called two female officers an abusive name.

"She was intoxicated and therefore not formally cautioned and charged.

"The taxi had to be cleaned."

The court heard how Knox punched a police constable to his arm and body in an earlier incident outside her home on Gourock's Nelson Road on October 29.

It had been alleged that she'd been behaving in a threatening or abusive manner, shouting, swearing and making threats, however, a plea of not guilty to this was accepted.

Fiscal depute Ms Scaife said: "She was placed in the rear of a cell van for enquiries to be carried out.

"The accused was told that she was being arrested, and as a police constable attempted to apply handcuffs she struck out, punching the officer twice."

Defence lawyer Gerry Keenan told the court: "I have here a receipt for £77, and the majority of that relates to the cleaning of the taxi."

Mr Keenan added: "Drink featured on both occasions, and since the last incident she has not taken a drop.

"It is clear to her that when she does drink it causes this sort of problem,

"She is on medication which is not to do with physical problems, and she knows that mixed with alcohol is not a good combination."

Sheriff Daniel Kelly deferred sentence until October 31 for Knox to be of good behaviour.

The sheriff told her: "These offences are serious but appear to be out of character, so I'm going to put you to the test.

"If you are not of good behaviour then all sentencing options are open to the court."