A MAN had to be restrained after shouting abuse at police, a court was told.
Stephen Dejas, 47, was convicted of being drunk and disorderly and resisting arrest after a trial at West Cheshire Magistrates’ Court.
The court heard Dejas was arrested when police were called to a domestic disturbance in Byron Close, Blacon.
Dejas, of Gosforth Place, Hoole, had been hit in the head by his partner after returning from a seven-hour drinking session in which he said he drank four pints and five double whiskey and colas.
Marie Haydon, prosecuting, said PC Brett Barrell had asked Dejas to accompany him out of his partner’s home in the early hours of September 22 but Dejas became aggressive and began swearing at PC Barrell.
Giving evidence PC Barrell said he asked Dejas to leave the property so he could ascertain the circumstances of the domestic disturbance.
Dejas claimed he told the officer he did not wish to pursue the assault by his partner any further and wanted to go to hospital.
But PC Barrell said Dejas was slurring his words, appeared intoxicated and was swearing and shouting swear words at him.
“Dejas was very angry and red in the face and had his teeth clenched,” he said.
“He was very irate, smelled of alcohol, his speech was slurred and he was unsteady on his feet and he began squaring up to me.
“I asked him to come outside with me to talk about the matter which had occurred and as he spoke he used a lot of foul language. I asked him to speak calmly to me.
“Eventually I managed to convince Dejas to come over to the police car so as not to disturb the neighbours.
“He again became abusive and said ‘am I nicked or not?’.”
PC Barrell said Dejas then put his hands in his pockets and said ‘I am going take you down’ so he felt compelled to take Dejas to the ground in an attempt to handcuff and arrest him.
While on the ground Dejas was spinning and lashing out, PC Barrell said.
PC Barrell eventually handcuffed Dejas and he was arrested and taken away, although the court was told Dejas broke his hand in the course of his arrest.
“In my mind, there could have been anything in his pockets,” said PC Barrell.
“I did start to worry when Dejas started to become more aggressive and felt there was no other option but to arrest him.”
Howard Jones, defending, accused PC Barrell of using excessive force towards Dejas but the officer denied this was the case.
Dejas told the court he had not been aggressive or abusive towards the officer and denied being drunk.
“I did nothing wrong,” he said. “I was assaulted twice; once by my girlfriend then by the police officer. All I wanted to do was go to hospital.
“I had blood pouring from my head and my hand was broken. I was in agony. I could not believe what was going on, I did nothing wrong.”
Magistrates sentenced Dejas to an 18 month conditional discharge and ordered him to pay £300 costs.