Drunk man ‘thought police car was taxi’

High Peak Magistrates Court, Buxton.

High Peak Magistrates Court, Buxton.

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A Buxton man who mistook a police car for a taxi has been fined for being drunk and disorderly.

Police were on duty in a marked police vehicle on Scarsdale Place at 3.40am on April 5, High Peak Magistrates’ Court heard.

While sat in their vehicle, they were approached by Daniel William Wright who asked them to take him home, prosecutor John Cooper said.

The officers advised Wright that they were in a police vehicle and not a taxi, and pointed him across the road to a queue of taxis.

However, he asked again for them to take him home and was told again to go across the road to the taxis.

He then began shouting abuse at the officers before walking off in the direction of the Level 2 nightclub.

Police told door staff at the club not to let him in as he was drunk and Wright then again swore at the officers before walking towards them in a way which made them feel they were about to assaulted.

He was then arrested and taken to Buxton police station.

The 22-year-old, of Barson Grove, admitted being drunk and disorderly.

Representing himself in court, he said he had been seeking help for his problems with alcohol and had also seen his doctor about depression.

Chairman of the bench Neil Broadbent said: “It seems you’ve got some personal issues which you at least recognise you’ve got to deal with.

“It’s no excuse for getting drunk and abusing police officers in the street.”

Wright was fined £90 and ordered to pay £85 costs and a £20 surcharge.