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Jail for Felixstowe man who kicked nurse after crashing car into van

PUBLISHED: 18:21 07 August 2018 | UPDATED: 18:21 07 August 2018

Ipswich Magistrates' Court  Picture: ARCHANT

Ipswich Magistrates' Court Picture: ARCHANT

A Felixstowe man has been jailed for a string of offences including assaulting a nurse, drink-driving and threatening behaviour.

Philip Harper admitted the charges in April at Suffolk Magistrates’ Court, where he was brought for sentencing on Monday.

The 45-year-old was reported to police by McDonald’s staff after his orange Mercedes collided with a customer display on January 29.

During an earlier hearing, prosecutors said his car then hit a dirt bank, leaving the bumper behind as it left the Felixstowe drive-through.

Harper then drove into a fence in Langer Road and attempted to reverse away before “staggering” out of the car.

He was “indecipherable” when police arrived – but told officers he had consumed vodka and sleeping pills, and was taken to provide a sample, which returned a reading of 195mg of alcohol per 100ml of urine – the legal limit being 107.

On February 24, neighbours witnessed the former landscape gardener’s work vehicle collide with a van in Manwick Road.

After scraping the other vehicle four times, Harper drove on to his address in the same street and later answered the door to police, holding a claw hammer.

He twice ignored instructions to drop the hammer, before obeying the order when officers produced incapacitant spray.

He was taken to hospital to provide blood for analysis – but became aggressive and kicked a nurse trying to take the sample.

On April 10, police were called to Harper’s address, where he was smashing windows from the inside, throwing broken glass and household items into the street, and shouting abuse at passers-by.

He also demanded the attendance of the officer who arrested him for drink-driving.

Magistrates had adjourned sentencing for the preparation of a pre-sentence report by the probation service.

On Monday, Harper was jailed for a total of 16 weeks, including 10 weeks followed by a 29-month driving ban for failing to provide a specimen for analysis; 10 weeks to run concurrently for the hospital assault; five weeks to run consecutively and four weeks to run concurrently for two assaults and threatening a police officer, another consecutive week for threatening behaviour on April 10 and a 17-month motoring ban for driving with excess alcohol.

He must also pay compensation to the nurse and police officer.

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