Drunk tasered after threatening officers
DRUNKEN Richard Queen was tasered after he armed himself with a screwdriver and threatened police officers.
Police were subjected to abuse when they attended a disturbance at Queen's first floor flat in Bucknall.
The 36-year-old threw glass at the officers and their vehicle and threatened to stab any officer who entered his flat.
But officers armed with public order shields forced entry and tasered Queen after he moved towards them with the screwdriver.
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Prosecutor Neil Ahuja yesterday told Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court that police arrived at the flat at 10.10pm on September 14 to find the window broken and shards of glass on the pavement.
Mr Ahuja said: "The defendant appeared at the window. There was a further break and he smashed the window with a chair, causing more glass to fall on the pavement below.
"A kebab shop was open to the public, just to the right of where that was falling.
"The defendant refused requests to come down. He swore at the officers, then began to throw pieces of glass at them and the police car below. One of the officers covered himself with a jacket to protect himself.
"The defendant told officers not to go near the door. An officer saw him holding a screwdriver. He made threats he would stab any officer who came into the flat."
The court heard the officers armed themselves with shields and forced entry inside. Mr Ahuja said: "An officer shouted she was armed with a taser. He responded by saying, 'I have got more weapons than you, come on, I will do you all'.
"He appeared to move towards the officers. The taser was activated. It incapacitated him and the screwdriver fell from his hand."
In his police interview Queen said things manifested after he returned home after a drink with friends. He said he found it difficult to control his feelings and things got on top of him due to family problems.
Queen, of Causeley Road, Bucknall, pleaded guilty to affray.
Stephen Oldham, mitigating, conceded it was fortunate no-one was injured.
"He should have surrendered himself straight away. He is extremely sorry and remorseful for his actions," said Mr Oldham. "He was not falling out with anybody. He was falling out with himself. He has mental health and alcohol misuse issues."
Mr Oldham said Queen had spent more than three years out of trouble battling a heroin addiction, and asked Judge Paul Glenn to consider suspending any jail term.
But jailing Queen for 10 months, Judge Glenn said: "You were extremely hostile towards police. It is a matter of good fortune no-one was injured. I accept you flipped out, to use your words. You were plainly completely out of control when drunk. You present a high risk of re-offending."
The judge added: "These officers were simply trying to do their job and should not have been subjected to this sort of aggression."