Blacon reveller climbed in police van to 'smoke a joint'


Staff reporter (Chester First)

A BLACON man got in the driver’s seat of a police van to “smoke a joint” and “listen to some tunes”, a court heard.

Richard Williams, of Highfield Road, was spotted behind the wheel of the police vehicle by a police officer in the early hours of February 23.

He was arrested for being drunk and disorderly after he was told to get out of the vehicle by the officer on Princess Street in Chester at 4am.

Mr Williams appeared at West Cheshire Magistrates yesterday where he pleaded guilty to the charge.

The court heard the police officer was on his way back to Chester Police Station when he noticed the defendant in the police van.

Robert Youds, prosecuting, said Mr Williams told the officer he had been told to wait in the vehicle by another police officer.

He asked Williams to get out of the vehicle, and despite doing so,  he became agitated and started shouting and swearing, which resulted in him being arrested.

Mr Youds said Williams later admitted during a police interview that he had got in the vehicle without consent.

He said he also told officers he had got in the car to smoke a joint and that he had tried to put the radio on to listen to some tunes.

Addressing the court, Williams said: “I’m really sorry that it happened.”

He was fined £100, which was reduced to £65 due to his guilty plea, and was also ordered to pay a £20 victim surcharge and £85 court costs.

See full story in the Chester Leader

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