A repeat offender has been slammed for his threatening behaviour towards the police.
Officers wanted to speak to Gary Fernon about a van allegedly being driven at two people in Wishaw.
Hamilton Sheriff Court heard that he warned them: “You better not put your f****** hands on me. I’m Gary Fernon. Touch me and see what happens.”
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The confrontation led to Fernon being “taken to the ground” by officers.
On arrival at Motherwell police station, he continued to shout and swear, and he threatened to bite officers.
Fernon, 36, formerly of Fraser Street, Cleland, admitted resisting arrest in Thrashbush Road, Wishaw, in September 2019.
He was cleared of driving a truck towards a man and a woman in Wishawhill Street.
Defence agent Stephen MacBride said Fernon has “real mental health issues”, but pointed out: “Since this matter in 2019 there has been no offending.
“His wife has been supporting him. There are no outstanding charges.”
Sheriff Andrew McIntyre told Fernon, whose current address was not disclosed: “Police have to be free from this kind of abusive behaviour. You have a long history of being abusive towards people, particularly the police.
“I’m persuaded to impose a community payback order because of the various issues you face.
“A prison sentence isn’t off the table yet if you fail to comply with the order.”
Fernon will be under supervision for a year and must do 135 hours of unpaid community work.
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