Bin hurled through window as man squares up to police officers
A Pilton man who kicked off and threw a wheelie bin through the window of a house then squared up to the police when they arrived at the scene.
Rory Frederick John Padfield then approached a car driving down the road, punched the wing mirror from its fixings and repeatedly headbutted the driver's window.
The police were forced to use CS gas to restrain the defendant and he was arrested, Somerset Magistrates were told.
Padfield, aged 31, of Whitstone Hill, pleaded guilty to damaging a Ford Fiesta belonging to JR Security Service and damaging David Perkins' window at Frome, on December 16.
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He also admitted being in breach of a conditional discharge imposed for a previous offence of being drunk and disorderly last July.
Prosecutor Christine Hart said that a resident was woken in Christchurch Street west at 3.20am by a loud bang and saw Padfield throwing about a plastic bin.
"The last time he threw it it didn't bounce back but went through a window instead, causing significant damage," she said.
"When police arrived they saw the defendant in the middle of the road, stripped to his waist, with the contents of various wheelie bins strewn across the carriageway.
"He then puffed out his chest and stared at the officer in an intimidating manner, started to swear and threatened to break a car window."
Another man was driving his car down the road but stopped when he saw Padfield who then became aggressive towards him so he reversed back up the road.
The defendant followed him, waving his arms, and smashed the wing mirror with his fist leaving it hanging down and then tried to grab the driver's door and headbutted the window a number of times.
The officers then had to use CS gas to restrain him and after he was arrested he said he could not remember what happened as he had been so drunk.
Defending solicitor Helena Suffield said Padfield had been extremely distressed at the time of this incident with a number of difficult things happening in his family life.
She said: "He had also split up with his partner, got drunk and behaved really stupidly which he regrets," she said.
"He wants to apologise profusely to the owner of the damaged window for what he did and for the upset the incident caused.
"This is a man whose life is going in the right direction now, but we all react differently to different situations and he slightly went off the rails, however this was just a blip."
The magistrates ordered Padfield to pay compensation of £333.60 for the damage to the window and £10 for the damaged wing mirror along with £85 costs. The conditional discharge was allowed to continue.