A MAN who pulled a knife on police after a drink and drugs binge has narrowly avoided going to prison.
James Morley, 25, waved an eight-inch kitchen knife at officers when they arrived on the scene of a domestic row between Morley and his then partner.
He had taken a cocktail of strong cider and two lines of cocaine, Teesside Crown Court heard.
Police were called to the incident in Stockton Road, Hartlepool, on July 10, and found Morley sitting on a wall.
It looked like he had an injured hand and police told him he was going to be detained while they investigated.
David Crook, prosecuting, said: “Without warning he produced a knife, drew it across his body narrowly missing an officer and caused him to jump back.
“He held the knife out in front of him and brandished it at arm’s length.”
The police officers called for back-up and twice ordered Morley to drop the knife, but he refused.
He finally dropped it after he moved towards the officers and one of them drew his baton while another got ready to use CS spray.
Mr Crook added: “He was clearly highly emotional when arrested and in interview he made the comment ‘don’t let me out, I will kill someone. I’m not joking’.”
Morley, a pipe fitter, of Macaulay Road, Hartlepool, admitted possessing an offensive weapon and affray.
Ian Hudson, mitigating, said: “This incident is wholly out of character.
“It was foolish, yes, but there was no specific planned use of the weapon.
“There wasn’t any intent to scare.
“He just picked up the knife and stupidly ran out with it.
“I haven’t known a client show more remorse.”
Fifteen references were presented to the judge, including from a priest, paramedics, his employer and teachers.
Morley was given 12 months in prison, but the sentence was suspended for a year.
He was also told to do 150 hours community work.
The judge, Recorder David Dobbin, said: “This was a very serious incident aggravated by your intoxication on both drink and drugs.”