Teenager called police on him­self af­ter smash­ing up his dad’s car

Macclesfield Express - - FIGHT TO SAVE A&E -

A TEENAGER smashed up his dad’s car with a ham­mer - then called the police on him­self.

Lee Jack John­son, 18, at­tacked his dad’s Vaux­hall Vec­tra af­ter a fu­ri­ous row turned vi­o­lent, a couet heard.

He then called the police who tried to re­strain him be­cause of his ‘er­ratic be­hav­iour’.

Dur­ing the mele a grow­ing crowd of on­look­ers be­came ‘hos­tile’ to­wards police.

At Stock­port mag­is­trates’ court, John­son of Ea­ton Lane, Mac­cles­field, ad­mit­ted crim­i­nal dam­age, re­sist­ing ar­rest, and us­ing threat­en­ing, abu­sive words, be­hav­iour likely to cause harassment, alarm or dis­tress.

Kate Gaskell, prose­cut­ing, told the court the in­ci­dent hap­pened on November 20.

She said: “Police were called to an ad­dress by the de­fen­dant who told them he had smashed up his dad’s car with a ham­mer af­ter they had been ar­gu­ing.

“When of­fi­cers ar­rived John­son was be­hav­ing very er­rat­i­cally and started shout­ing and swear­ing. Of­fi­cers tried to calm him down.

“Police also be­came aware of a num­ber of chil­dren start­ing to gather in the area to see what was go­ing on.

“The crowd was in­creas­ing and be­com­ing more hos­tile to­wards the police. Police then started to re­strain John­son but as Pc Dob­son started to put the hand­cuffs on John­son tensed his up­per body and grit­ted his teeth ag­gres­sively.

“A fe­male of­fi­cer then drew her spray and warned him she would use it if he didn’t calm down. The crowd shouted their dis­plea­sure and be­gan to act in a sim­i­lar man­ner to the de­fen­dant.”

John Gal­lagher, de­fend­ing John­son, said: “Quite clearly if the de­fen­dant hadn’t called the police he wouldn’t be here in court.

“On the day in ques­tion he had been ar­gu­ing with his mother when his fa­ther came in.

“Ten­sions were high fol­low­ing the death of his grand­fa­ther on his mother’s side.

“The fa­ther got in­volved in the row and it es­ca­lated to push­ing and shov­ing.

“John­son then threat­ened to dam­age the car and then fol­lowed through with the threat.”

Mag­is­trates sen­tenced John­son to a 12 month con­di­tional dis­charge.

The court heard that John­son’s fa­ther was not pur­su­ing a claim for com­pen­sa­tion.

Lee Jack John­son, 18, of Ea­ton Lane, Mac­cles­field, ad­mit­ted crim­i­nal dam­age, re­sist­ing ar­rest, and us­ing threat­en­ing, abu­sive words, be­hav­iour likely to cause harassment, alarm or dis­tress

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