Police used taser on drunk and disorderly man

North Devon Magistrates Court, Barnstaple

North Devon Magistrates Court, Barnstaple - Credit: Archant

Officers had to physically restrain the 25-year-old who was causing a disturbance after a party.

POLICE officers had to use a taser to restrain a man who was arrested for being drunk and disorderly in Appledore, North Devon Magistrates’ Court heard today (Friday).

Saul Williams, 25, of The Mount, Appledore, pleaded guilty to being drunk and disorderly on February 22 but said he had no recollection of the night.

Police were called to a disturbance in Westward Ho! at around 10pm where they found a number of drunk people.

Prosecutor Karen Ball said Williams was one of the main troublemakers and police told him he was no longer welcome in the area.


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He walked off but returned to the area a few minutes later, swearing and shouting at officers, which resulted in him being arrested and cautioned.

Williams was taken back home to The Mount by the police but he began shouting and kicking at the door, and was arrested again for being drunk and disorderly.

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In the police car to the station, the court heard Williams struggled more and more, and officers had to stop the car and pull him off the officer in the back of the car with him.

He only stopped struggling when officers had to use a taser on him, and he shouted ‘Ok, ok, I give up’.

Williams, who was unrepresented in court, said he had been at a party at his ex-girlfriends house and was sorry for his behaviour.

He said: “I got too drunk and I don’t remember any of the night whatsoever.”

Magistrates fined him £120 and ordered him to pay £85 in costs and a £20 victim surcharge.

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