A MAN has appeared in court following his abusive behaviour towards police as they tried to arrest him.

Carl Bray, of May Street in Crosland Moor, was before Kirklees magistrates yesterday.

He admitted a charge of threatening behaviour on November 3.

Magistrates were told that at 12.30am police were on patrol in an unmarked vehicle at Kirkstone Avenue in Dalton.

Their attention was drawn to a Volkswagen Polo being driven in an erratic manner.

The driver then got out of the car and ran away. Another male in the car was 21-year-old Bray. The officers arrested him on suspicion of vehicle theft and he became agitated as a result.

Linda Fowler, prosecuting, said: “He swore at them and then tried several times to get out of the vehicle.

“The defendant was warned that if he did he would be sprayed with CS spray.”

However Bray ignored them and was sprayed twice when he continued his abusive behaviour.

He then escaped from the car and briefly hid in a garden. Bray was still swearing while he was restrained and taken into the police van.

He said in interview that he had been out drinking and was returning home when police stopped the car.

Bray said that the driver ran away because there was an issue with insurance.

He claimed that he did the same because he was drunk.

Bray claimed that he was swooped on by the officers and hit several times.

Ian Whiteley, for Bray, said that his client had pleaded guilty to the offence on a basis that he threatened the police but he denies swinging a bottle at police as alleged by the prosecution.

As this would make a difference to sentencing, magistrates agreed to first hold a special hearing to decide whether a weapon was used.

This will take place on February 12, after which Bray will be sentenced.

Bray was granted unconditional bail.