Police use CS gas on Bolsover driver

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A BOLSOVER motorist was sprayed with CS gas after being arrested on suspicion of drink-driving.

Police went to Eric O’Neil’s home on 30th June after receiving a tip-off that he drove a car involved in an unrelated matter. He was leaving the address with car keys in his hand and appeared to be drunk, Helen Griffiths, prosecuting, told Chesterfield magistrates last Wednesday.

O’Neil was arrested and became aggressive as he was taken to the back of a police Vauxhall Astra.

“He kicked out at the back window a number of times. He was told to stop but he carried on and it eventually smashed,” said Mrs Griffiths.

O’Neil was removed from the vehicle and he struggled with police, who sprayed him with CS gas to subdue him.

He was taken to Chesterfield police station where he failed to provide breath samples.

O’Neil (30), of North View Street, Bolsover, admitted damaging property and failing to provide a breath specimen.

Presiding magistrate Paul Beard imposed a 7pm-7am curfew for four months and ordered O’Neil to pay £100 compensation, with £85 costs. He was also banned O’Neil from driving for 16 months.

“An officer knelt on his chest. He has asthma and breathing difficulties caused him to kick out,” said Julian Hammond, for O’Neil, an unemployed lorry driver.

“He should have made some effort to blow into the intoxilyser machine. He didn’t because of his asthma, although he did not put forward any medical reasons at the time.”