Prison for man who drive car into police station

Police officers at Athena Avenue. Picture: Malcolm Wells

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AN ALCOHOLIC has been jailed for ramming his car into a police station after becoming frustrated at the lack of help he was getting for his addiction.

Sean Mitchell was angry at the lack of progress on starting an alcohol treatment programme he had been assigned as part of a drink-driving sentence.

Chichester Crown Court heard he took matters into his own hands to get noticed.

He rammed his Nissan Micra into the glass-doored entrance of the custody suite at Chichester Police Station three times – before calmly reversing into a parking space where he waited to be arrested.

The 38-year-old, of no fixed abode, who was nearly four times the drink-drive limit when the incident happened on April 26, was sentenced at to 13 months in prison.

The court heard the former scaffolder, who was living in his car at the time of the incident, was desperate for help to get sober, having lost his job, his family and his home.

Judge William Wood said: ‘It’s an extraordinary performance really – there is very obviously deliberate damage done.

‘What you did was seriously criminal. It was potentially likely to injure someone, although we fully accept you had no wish to hurt anyone.

‘But it was extremely foolish and wasteful of public money.

‘If you need help, you know you can get help without deciding to commit this kind of criminal behaviour.’