Violent drink driver lashed out at female police officers

A SERIAL drink-driver who twice had to be subdued by police using Parva spray escaped an immediate prison sentence last Thursday when he was banned from the roads for four years.

Adrian Wright, 54, who had convictions for drink-driving and failing to provide a specimen for analysis in 2006 and other drink-related driving matters on his record from 2003, 2002, 1995, 1991 and 1988, pleaded guilty at Harrogate Magistrates’ Court to a total of nine offences.

He was handed a six-month prison sentence suspended for 18 months while he is under probation supervision, attends a drink impaired drivers’ scheme and does 200 hours of unpaid work.

Wright, of Knox Avenue, Harrogate, whose driving record was described by his sister Joanna Darwin in a letter to the court as atrocious, admitted driving over the limit, failing to stop for a police officer and resisting a police officer on April 3; failing to provide a breath specimen and assault with intent to resist arrest on October 29; and three courts of cannabis possession together with one of cultivating the drug on April 4.

Prosecutor Steven Ovenden said Wright had pulled his Audi A4 in front of a police patrol at 1am on October 29 as he turned out of Swinton Court, Harrogate, into Harlow Moor Road and then Otley Road. He had swerved into the centre of the carriageway before police pulled him over.

He swore at officers and swung his arms aggressively towards them before throwing punches and kicking out, contacting a number of times with two women officers who had to use Parva spray to subdue him.

Mr Ovenden said while on bail awaiting trial Wright had been spotted at the wheel of his unlit Audi at 9.40pm on April 3 in Skipton Road, Harrogate.

It overtook another vehicle before turning sharp right, ignoring attempts by the patrol car to stop it.

And when Wright was found in the driver’s seat in Coppice Avenue he pushed past PC Helen Saville and tried to make off. Again Parva spray had to be employed and once at the police station Wright told officers he had ‘‘put his foot down’’ in a bid to get away and was ‘‘not a big fan of women.’’

Mr Ovenden said cannabis worth a total of £150 had been found during a search of Wright and one of his home where an attempt had been made to grow cannabis plants.

In mitigation David Camidge said to jail Wright – who would deal with imprisonment without difficulty - would cost the taxpayer ‘‘a fortune’’ when other means of punishment might have a more beneficial effect.

While his driving record had rightly been described by the prosecution as horrendous, Wright had botched his miserable attempt to grow his own cannabis.