Man who ran from po­lice given three months

The Oban Times - - News -

AN OBAN man who ran away from po­lice of­fi­cers think­ing they were go­ing to at­tack him was sen­tenced to three months in pri­son af­ter a trial at Oban Sher­iff Court last Wed­nes­day (Au­gust 3).

Mark Pert, 32, c/o HMP Low Moss Pri­son, told Sher­iff John Her­ald he thought he was about to be at­tacked by a ‘grey haired man’ and ran away be­cause he was ‘fright­ened’.

Giv­ing ev­i­dence, Po­lice Con­sta­ble Paul McMil­lian said he clearly iden­ti­fied him­self as a po­lice of­fi­cer and had tried to ar­rest the man be­fore he ran off.

On May 29, con­sta­ble McMil­lian and his col­league po­lice con­sta­ble Danny McBeth were search­ing a ‘known drug user’ at Colon­say Ter­race when the man re­ceived a text say­ing ‘2 mins’.

Con­sta­ble McBeth told the court he be­lieved there was a ‘drug deal go­ing down’ and the of­fi­cers waited with the man they had been in­ves­ti­gat­ing to find out who would ar­rive.

Pert ar­rived at the scene and af­ter break­ing free from of­fi­cers quickly ran off. Pert claimed he was not aware the men were po­lice of­fi­cers.

Giv­ing ev­i­dence Pert said: ‘I was un­der duress from peo­ple in the area and it was flight or fight. I didn’t know it was a po­lice of­fi­cer un­til I heard him on his ra­dio say­ing he was chas­ing me.

‘Peo­ple in the town have been chas­ing me, in­tim­i­dat­ing me and have been speak­ing against me. I thought I was be­ing at­tacked. I didn’t re­alise it was the po­lice.’

Sher­iff Her­ald said there was no doubt in his mind Pert had ran away from of­fi­cers and as such had in­ten­tion­ally ob­structed po­lice of­fi­cers in their du­ties.

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