A MAN who was Tasered by police after he threatened to hit any officer who came near him with a hammer has been jailed.
Even after being stunned by the device, Luke Williams (right), acted aggressively while being led out to a police vehicle, a court heard.
The 22-year-old, of Langdale Road, Mereside, admitted having been “wound up” by the thought of his ex-partner having spoken to another man.
Williams was jailed for eight months by a judge at Preston Crown Court, having earlier pleaded guilty to affray.
The court heard an incident had broken out last July at an address on Winton Avenue, Marton.
Amanda Johnson, prosecuting, said that after rowing earlier that day, the defendant turned up at his then partner’s home uninvited and became threatening.
The court was told both the woman’s mother and the defendant’s mother went to the address.
Williams was repeatedly asked to leave, but refused.
He took hold of a lump hammer and the police were called.
He then became more agitated and told officers: “If you come over here I am going to smash you with this hammer.”
His mother went to try and calm him down but without success.
An officer then drew a Taser stun gun when Williams began lifting the hammer over his head and waving it around.
The prosecution said his mother was pleading with him to listen to the police.
Williams then headed to the garden shed and was surrounded by police, still refusing to put the hammer down.
Miss Johnson added: “Faced with no further option, the officer deployed the taser on him.”
Williams then fell against a wall and dropped the hammer.
But he became aggressive again while being led out to a police vehicle.
Julie Taylor, defending, explained Williams and his partner had split up that day.
“He had initially been concerned about his dog and then got angry when she spoke of having been speaking with another man.
She added: “He accepts he had a problem with anger that day.
“He has not had any contact with his ex-partner since”.
Judge Simon Newell said it had been a deeply unpleasant incident.
He added: “All the police and your mother wanted you to do was to put the hammer down, but you were aggressive with it.
“You threatened the police.
“It seems to me I cannot give you a suspended sentence”.