Prince’s Trust mentor damaged police car during drunken rage
APRINCE’S Trust Ambassador who said the scheme had turned his life around scheme had turned his life around has appeared in court after threatening police officers and damaging their car.
A court heard that Couper verbally abused the police calling them ‘pigs’, before threatened to ‘take their faces off’.
He later began kicking and headbutting the police car window from inside, the court heard.
The damage was so severe that the door would not close, magistrates were told.
Couper, 29, admitted criminal damage and being drunk and disorderly at Macclesfield magistrates court.
Police were called to Ivymead Road on the Weston at 1.17pm on December 29 after reports of a dog being attacked.
When officers arrived they found Couper ‘drunk’ and complaining he was locked out of his flat, magistrates heard.
Officers arrested Couper on suspicion of animal cruelty and he flipped, prosecutors said.
Couper, of Ivymeade Road, Macclesfield, admitted criminal damage and being drunk and disorderly at Macclesfield magistrates’ court.
No animal cruelty charges were brought against him. Debbie Byrne, prosecuting, said: “When he was interviewed the defendant said he had been drinking and was drunk.
He was agitated and thought he had locked himself out.
He said he became more angry that he was being arrested on suspicion of cruelty to animals, which he said was not correct.
“He said he was angry and frustrated.”
The court heard that Couper has eight court appearance for 15 offences, the last being in March 2014 for a public order offence.
Anthony Derbyshire, defending Couper, described his actions as ‘drink fuelled’. He said: “Mr Couper has had a long hard look at himself. Alcohol is a feature in his offending.
“He is doing something about it. He was already frustrated when police arrived. He vehemently denied the offences he was arrested for.”
Couper was fined £120 and ordered to pay Cheshire police £50 compensation.
He got involved in the Prince’s Trust in 2012.
He was put on a 12-week course, run by Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service, which included community projects and qualifications in teamwork.
Couper became a mentor younger members on the course and then an ambassador.
●● Chris Couper pleaded guilty to criminal damage and being drunk and disorderly