A DRUNK who bit a policeman and abused ambulance technicians who were trying to help him has been electronically tagged.
An ambulance was called to South Street in Armadale on the evening of October 2 last year after there were reports of a man falling and hitting his head.
Fiscal depute Alastair Learmont told Livingston Sheriff Court the ambulance technicians found John Khan at the scene.
Mr Learmont added: “He was helped into the back of the ambulance to check him over. Whilst he was there he started shouting and swearing at ambulance staff. He attempted to spit at, bite and kick them.
“Both ambulance technicians were placed in a state of fear and had to shout on police officers to assist them.”
Khan was handcuffed to the rear of the ambulance but he continued to attempt to strike the technicians. He also hit his head off the ambulance trolley and the side of the ambulance.
Khan was taken to St John’s Hospital in Livingston and his abusive behaviour continued in the ambulance.
When he arrived at the accident and emergency department a police officer had cause to restrain him and Khan bit him on the right hand and made several other attempts to bite and scratch the officer.
Last week Khan, whose address was given as Mayfield Drive, Armadale pleaded guilty to breaching the peace and assaulting a police officer.
The 18-year-old also admitted breaching a curfew he was given as a special condition of bail.
His solicitor Glenn Fraser told the court his client accepted the charges were serious.
Mr Fraser added: “He was extremely drunk. When he was out that night he didn’t intend for this to happen but he reacted very poorly indeed and he accepts that.
“When he is sober he has had no problems with the police or the ambulance service.”
The solicitor said a restriction of liberty order and probation might address Mr Khan’s problems.
“He has also spent six days in custody for this matter,” Mr Fraser said.
“It may not seem long but he now has a very full image of what would happen to him if he offends again.”
Placing Khan on probation for 18 months and ordering him to stay within his home address between the hours of 7pm and 7am for the next six months Sheriff Alan Millar said: “It seems to me that if you don’t want to end up in prison again you are going to need to get further help and support. It is clear that when you and drink get together things start to go badly wrong.”