Ham­mer waved at po­lice of­fi­cers

The Press and Journal (Inverness, Highlands, and Islands) - - NEWS -

A driver be­ing pur­sued by po­lice pulled over, got out of his car and bran­dished a claw ham­mer at the of­fi­cers – be­fore re­sum­ing his jour­ney.

Philip Ni­col­son later stopped his car again and fled into a dense wood but was traced and ar­rested, Wick Sher­iff Court heard yes­ter­day.

Ni­col­son, 45, of Scotscalder, ad­mit­ted charges of fail­ing to stop when re­quired by the po­lice, as­sault­ing of­fi­cers and be­hav­ing in a threat­en­ing or abu­sive man­ner.

Sher­iff An­drew Berry was told po­lice had been tasked to find Ni­col­son on Oc­to­ber 6 fol­low­ing con­cern for his wel­fare. Of­fi­cers lo­cated him on the B885 Brough to Dun­net Head road.

They ac­ti­vated their blue light and siren but although it was clear Ni­col­son was aware of that, he did not stop.

Fis­cal Ross Carvel said 10 min­utes later, the ac­cused stopped, got out of his ve­hi­cle and bran­dished the claw ham­mer at them, shout­ing and swear­ing. Then he drove on, stop­ping again to run into the wooded area.

“The of­fi­cers got out of their pa­trol car and re­cov­ered the ham­mer from the pas­sen­ger seat of the ac­cused’s ve­hi­cle,” added Mr Carvel.

The fis­cal added the of­fi­cers took a de­ci­sion

“The of­fi­cers got out of their car and re­cov­ered the ham­mer”

not to pur­sue Ni­col­son at that point as the wood was dense and vis­i­bil­ity poor and waited un­til re­in­force­ments ar­rived.

Ni­col­son was even­tu­ally ar­rested and taken to Wick Po­lice Sta­tion where he at­tempted to punch of­fi­cers. At one point said, Mr Carvel, the ac­cused got hold of an of­fi­cer’s ba­ton – but he was dis­armed.

Sher­iff Berry called for a re­port to look at any un­der­ly­ing is­sues re­lat­ing to Ni­col­son’s be­hav­iour.

The ac­cused was granted bail and will re­turn to court on Jan­uary 9 when the sher­iff will hear mit­i­ga­tion.

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