Vile threat at police station

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AN “AGGRESSIVE” driver threatened to urinate on the custody desk in a police station after being found to be drunk behind the wheel of a car in Deeping St Nicholas.

James Lamont (52), of Mountbatten Way, Westwood, Peterborough, was twice the drink-drive limit, driving while disqualified and without insurance when stopped in the village on April 3.

He pleaded guilty to all three offences when he appeared at Spalding Magistrates’ Court on Thursday.

Rob Townsend, prosecuting, said it was about 1.15am when officers asked a Volkswagen Golf to stop in Jasmine Court. Routine checks established the driver was driving while disqualified and he subsequently failed a roadside breath test.

Mr Townsend said Lamont was arrested and throughout his time at the police station was swearing, aggressive and he threatened to urinate on the custody desk.

While giving a urine sample, Lamont also appeared to bend down and try to fill a vial with water from the toilet bowl, he said.

A urine sample found he had 212 milligrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of urine. The legal limit is 107.

Defending, David Lee handed a letter from Lamont to magistrates. He said the day after his arrest, Lamont had tried to take an overdose by taking 250 sleeping tablets.

Mr Lee said: “He was taken to hospital and sectioned for a week. He continues to receive help from the mental health services.”

Presiding magistrate Greg Cejer said Lamont had expressed remorse in his letter. However, he said he had to take into account problems at the police station and Lamont’s attempts to tamper with his urine tests.

The case was adjourned until July 21 for pre-sentence reports. Mr Cejer warned a custodial sentence would be considered.