Westquarter man headbutted police vehicle following arrest

An offender who started headbutting a police vehicle after being arrested has been ordered to complete unpaid work.

Tuesday, 27th April 2021, 12:30 pm

Christopher Russell, 30, 38 Langton Road, Westquarter, pleaded guilty to behaving threateningly by acting in an aggressive manner, repeatedly shouting and striking a door at his partner's home in Denny on January 25.

He also repeatedly shouted, swore, struck his head on the side of and spat within a police vehicle during the course of a journey from the woman’s home to Falkirk Police Station.

Rachel Wallace, procurator fiscal depute, said: “The witness invited him to the locus.

Christopher Russell, of Westquarter, repeatedly struck his head against a police vehicle following his arrest. Picture: Michael Gillen.

“Upon arrival they observed the accused walking away from the front door. The accused appeared under the influence of alcohol, was aggressive and couldn’t stand straight.

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“The witness entered the locus and closed the door behind her. The accused then began to repeatedly shout and bang on the door.

“The witness contacted police and upon police arrival they observed the accused running off, however, police managed to stop him. He was arrested and placed inside a marked police vehicle where he immediately began striking his head and spitting in the vehicle.

“He was cautioned and charged and made no reply.”

Defence solicitor Stephen Biggam said his client pleaded guilty at the first appearance.

Mr Biggam added: “Conditions for a non-harassment order were removed and they’re due to have their first child.

“I would’ve thought at 29 he would’ve started to behave like an adult rather than a child when he’s had a drink.”

Sheriff Christopher Shead made Russell subject to a community payback order involving 120 hours of unpaid work within 12 months as an alternative to custody.

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