POLICE sprayed a man with CS gas after he ignored a plea to drop a knife.
Wayne Glover had been drinking before he had a row with relatives which ended in them calling police.
He left home at 11pm before officers arrived, having taken a steak knife from the kitchen, and was later found by police in Mag Lane, Langwith.
“He was asked to drop the knife but he didn’t respond and he was subdued with CS gas and the knife was taken from him,” prosecutor David Horne told Chesterfield magistrates.
“He said he had intended to harm himself and showed them marks on his arm that he had inflicted.”
Probation officer Jerry Starnes told the court that Glover (22) “lost control of his emotions”. He intended to self-harm and he had previously been in hospital following a suicide bid.
He said Glover lived with his girlfriend part of the time and also with his grandfather, and he had been having problems seeing his daughter.
“He was drinking 40 cans of beer a day but this has dropped dramatically since the incident,” added Mr Starnes.
Glover, of Model Village, Creswell, admitted possessing a blade in public on July 25. He had previously been cautioned by police for using threatening behaviour.
He received a nine-month probation supervision order, including an alcohol treatment programme, and must pay £85 court costs.