Former teacher had to be pepper-sprayed

Blackpool Magistrates Court
Blackpool Magistrates Court
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A FORMER teacher had to be pepper-sprayed and threatened with a Taser gun by police in front of his five-year-old son.

Robert Wilson was stopped by officers after police received a tip-off he was picking his son up from school after drinking.

He became extremely aggressive and told an officer trying to arrest him: “I’m going to hunt you down and kill you and I hope something bad happens to you in front of your kids.”

Wilson, a 39-year-old mature student on a management course, of Harbour Lane, Warton, pleaded guilty to driving while unfit through drink.

The judge told him: “There were concerning features about this case. You chose to drive and collect your son when you were affected by drink.”

Martine Connah, prosecuting, said police received information Wilson was leaving a Kirkham pub to pick his son up from school in Wesham.

At 3.35pm officers saw Wilson’s car drifting from side to side on Mellor Road, Kirkham, with his son in the passenger seat.

Officers said Wilson had clearly been drinking, but when asked to take a breath test he said: “I’m not having that.”

An officer had to deploy his PAVA spray at Wilson and threaten to Taser him before he calmed down. He refused to take a breath test at the police station.

John McLaren, defending, said his client was a single father, who had taught for many years, but was now on a management course.

The day of the offence Wilson’s mother had agreed to pick up her grandson, so he went to the pub with friends and had three beers, His mother then called and said she could not pick up her grandson because of car problems and he had to go himself.

He was banned from the road for 14 months, fined £110 with £85 costs and ordered to pay the £15 victims’ discharge by District Judge Jim Clarke sitting at Blackpool Magistrates’ Court.