Police used as ‘bouncers’ end up in struggle

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A harassed woman was forced to call police officers on numerous occasions so they could throw her drunken partner out of her house.

Sheriff Derek Livingston said she was using the police as “bouncers” to help her deal with Thomas Davie (35) who ended up struggling violently with officers on a couple of occasions.

Davie appeared at Falkirk Sheriff Court last Thursday having pled guilty to a number of offences, including behaving in a threatening manner at his 23 Balfour Crescent, Larbert home on September 2 and October 22 last year.

He also admitted drink driving in Broomhill Road, Bonnybridge, on September 13 last year. He gave a reading of 73 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath when the legal limit is 22 microgrammes.

Siobhan Monks, procurator fiscal depute, said: “Police received a call in relation to a potentially drunk driver. They arrived and the accused and the female who had phoned police were there.

“Officers could smell alcohol and the accused admitted he had been driving. On another occasion police received a call to attend at an address where the accused was with his partner.

“She said he was drunk and she didn’t want him in the house. The accused became aggressive and his anger was directed at officers.

“He approached one of the officers face to face and stated ‘come on them’. He read the shoulder number of the police officer and said ‘I’ve got your number’.”

Defence solicitor Simon Hutchison said alcohol had replaced Davie’s drug problem, but he had been booze free for three months.

Sheriff Livingston said: “It appears his partner calls the police and uses them as bouncers.”

He told Davie he was on his last chance, stating he could have sent him to prison just for the drink driving offence alone.

Davie, 23 Balfour Crescent, Larbert, was banned from driving for four years and was placed on a community payback order with the condition he complete 240 hours of unpaid work within nine months.

A review of the community payback order was scheduled to take place on May 11.