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Wilpshire man damaged taxi during row
8:00pm Wednesday 5th September 2012 in News
A MAN who kicked out at a taxi struggled violently with a police officer who came to deal with the incident.
Blackburn magistrates heard the officer was so concerned that he pressed his panic button, only the second time he had taken that action in his six-year career, and then Alan Hudson was sprayed.
Hudson, 50, of the Bulls Head, Whalley New Road, Wilpshire, pleaded guilty to criminal damage and resisting a police officer. He was given a conditional discharge for 12 months and ordered to pay £150 compensation and £85 costs.
Claire Grant, prosecuting, said the taxi had pulled up outside the Bulls Head to collect a fare when Hudson came over He. started kicking the driver’s door and the front wing.
A police officer witnessed the disturbance. When the officer asked what was going on Hudson tried to walk away and when he was detained refused to give his details.
“When the officer arrested him he reacted violently and there was a struggle during which the defendant repeatedly tried to leg swipe the officer to take him to the floor,” said Mrs Grant.
Jonathan Taylor, defending, said there had been an argument with the taxi driver and his client accepted he kicked out at the vehicle.