Drunk hospital patient caused chaos on road

Blackpool Magistrates' Court
Blackpool Magistrates' Court
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A hospital patient caused chaos on a road by running in and out of traffic kicking out at vehicles.

Ian Davies, 33, was a patient in Blackpool Victoria Hospital’s Parkwood psychiatric unit and, after being confined in there for six weeks, he went out and got drunk with another man.

Davies, of Knowle Avenue, North Shore, pleaded guilty to obstructing police and breaching a conditional discharge.

He was fined £200 with £85 costs and ordered to pay £20 victims’ surcharge by District Judge David Stott sitting at Blackpool Magistrates’ Court.

Pam Smith, prosecuting, said police received numerous phone calls saying two men were causing problems near Blackpool Victoria Hospital on August 27 last year at about 8.15pm by walking into the road forcing motorists to serve.

Officers saw the pair near the Plymouth Road roundabout.

Both were extremely drunk and Davies kicked out at the front of a police van.

He shouted: “Don’t start on my mate or I’ll start on you.”

Davies and the other man were both arrested and both kicked and lashed out at 

Stephen Duffy, defending, said his client had been taken to the hospital casualty unit after taking an overdose.

He was then a voluntary patient in the Hospital’s psychiatric unit.

For six weeks the regime at the unit was that a patient should not leave.

Mr Duffy added: “It was the first time he had left the unit.

“He and another man bought a bottle of vodka and this incident was the aftermath.”