Police called to deal with an aggressive man in the A & E department of Huddersfield Royal Infirmary found crack cocaine and cash inside the car he had been driving.

Leeds Crown Court heard officers had seen the same black VW Golf just after midnight on June 2 last year and tried to follow it in the town but lost it.

However when they got to the hospital to deal with the incident there, they spotted the same vehicle outside and discovered the driver was the man inside, Thomas Michael Patrice.

Alisha Kaye prosecuting told the court all the beds were full and the waiting room was full when he had entered shouting aggressively “Where is he, where is he?”

He then found another male who had been brought in for treatment and began shouting in his face: “You’re making my mum suffer, she’s suffering because of you.”

He had his fists raised and staff and a paramedic intervened with the paramedic standing between him and the patient but when he refused to calm down and a woman who was present with the man was pushed out of the way, the police were called.

Huddersfield Royal Infirmary, Accident & Emergency Dept. Acre Street, Lindley, Huddersfield.

They arrested Patrice and searched him and the car and discovered 6.87 grammes of crack cocaine which was 85 per cent pure with a street value of around £515.

They also found £67 in loose change scattered inside the car, £1355 in a drop down tray and hidden under the lining of the car £9,960 in cash.

He made no comment about the drugs and was bailed. On March 23 this year when a search warrant was executed at his girlfriend’s address in Woodhouse, Hill, Fartown where he and two other men were also present 10.75 grammes of cocaine which was 91% pure and two sets of scales were recovered.

Miss Kaye said Patrice had £90 on him and a small amount of cannabis was recovered which he said was for his personal use. He accepted he would buy some cocaine in bulk for himself and to supply his girlfriend and some friends at cost price but was not dealing outside his social circle.

Leeds Crown Court
Leeds Crown Court

Andrew Dallas representing Patrice said as a result of a previous five year sentence on a firearms charge he had found it difficult to get work after his release.

He was then susceptible to becoming involved assisting others with drugs last year. He was driving in someone else’s vehicle which had the money hidden in the lining when he was caught.

He believed the man in the hospital had assaulted his cousin and was highly indignant about that and “lost control.” He regretted his behaviour in hospital understanding the difficulties it caused for staff.

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Patrice, 31 of Dewhurst Road, Fartown, admitted affray, possession of crack cocaine with intent to supply, possession of criminal property, possession of cocaine with intent to supply and possession of cannabis.

Jailing him for a total of six years two months, the Recorder of Leeds, Judge Peter Collier QC said he accepted the drugs found in March were for social supply of his girlfriend and friends but it was while on bail for the earlier offences.