A foul-mouthed thug threatened to stab a police officer in the throat after the vehicle had been travelling in was stopped near a Chesterfield hotel.
Chesterfield magistrates’ court heard this month how Gary Dixon, 29, of Snape Hill Lane, Dronfield, had been on a night-out with friends and had been a passenger in a vehicle that was stopped by police officers.
Prosecuting solicitor Becky Allsop said: “Shortly after 3am, on December 31, last year, police obtained information that the driver of a vehicle may be over the drink-drive limit and they saw it near Markham Road roundabout and followed it into a slip road of the Ibis Hotel.
“One officer had a confrontation with the driver and deployed a CS gas spray to these two men who ran off.
“Another officer arrived and saw Dixon was laid in the back of the vehicle. He was spoken to and the defendant was instantly aggressive and his speech was slurred and he was drunk.”
Mrs Allsop explained that Dixon swore at the officer and would not get out of the car and that he had a knife and added that he would stab the officer in the throat.
The officer warned Dixon before spraying him twice with a CS gas spray, according to Mrs Allsop, and he was pinned to the ground, restrained and cuffed.
Dixon pleaded guilty to using threatening behaviour.
The court heard Dixon had been drinking and he had felt threatened during the incident and defence solicitor Philip Bloor said he was remorseful.
Magistrates sentenced Dixon to a 12 month community order with supervision, an alcohol activity requirement and 40 hours of unpaid work.
He was also ordered to pay a £60 victim surcharge and £85 costs.