A MAN smashed up cars worth thousands - because he felt like getting locked up.
A court heard James Ellis armed himself with a hammer and trashed vehicles belonging to the Hepworth Honda garage in Huddersfield.
Kirklees magistrates told him that he would be sentenced by a crown court judge after hearing that the cost of the damage totalled more than £32,000.
The bench was told that the incident at the Leeds Road garage happened at 6.30am on April 1 this year.
Police arrived to find Ellis, of Belle Vue Crescent in Sheepridge standing next to the showroom with the large wooden-handled hammer in his hand.
Paul Ramsay, prosecuting, said: “A number of new and unregistered cars parked on the forecourt had been damaged, consistent with being hit with a hammer.
“Ellis was holding the hammer aloft and was told to get down onto the ground.”
The prosecutor told magistrates that as the 28-year-old was being arrested he interrupted the officer’s caution and laughed.
In interview Ellis told police that before the rampage he had been drinking all day.
Mr Ramsay said: “He said he was sat watching a film when he grabbed two cans of cider and a hammer.
“He said he went out with the aim of wanting to get locked up.”
Magistrates were told that Ellis held a previous conviction for failing to provide a specimen of breath and aggravated vehicle taking.
He was banned from driving and given a community order with alcohol treatment.
Ellis was still subject to the order when he trashed the cars at the garage.
The bench heard that he suffered from depression and had turned to drink.
He was admitted to hospital recently suffering from mental health problems.
Magistrates told him that due to the cost of the damage caused their powers were insufficient to deal with him.
They said that he will be sentenced by a judge at Leeds Crown court on August 3.
Ellis was given unconditional bail until that date.