‘Juvenile’ Sutton man sparked police stand-off over untaxed van
A Sutton man who sparked a 15-minute stand-off with police after he tried to stop them from towing his untaxed van away was labelled "juvenile" by a judge.
Police officers attended Jamie Dawes' home as part of a pro-active patrol, on April 24, after spotting his grey Ford transit van had no tax or insurance and the front registration was missing.
Dawes came outside, admitted being the owner and said he would arrange for it to be taxed, said prosecutor Jonathan Eley.
When officers organised a flat-bed lorry to tow the van, Dawes jumped into a black Mercedes van and blocked them.
He shouted: "You're not taking my van. I don't know why I can't just tax it now."
He refused to give his details, and a 15-minute stand-off ensused when Dawes ran inside his house and refused to come out. He eventually surrendered after his father came to the address.
The court heard he has previous convictions that date back to 2008. In December 2014 he was fined £200 for resisting a constable.
Stefan Fox, mitigating, said: "It’s a plea that’s been entered at the first opportunity. He has been out of trouble since 2014."
Dawes, 31, of Thornton Street, Sutton, admitted obstructing an officer when he appeared at Nottingham Crown Court, on Wednesday. No evidence was offered on a separate charge of assault with intent to resist arrest.
Sitting as a district judge, Judge John Sampson told him: "You were unnecessarily obstructive. It was juvenile behaviour.
"One day you may grow up - until that day you will continue to get into trouble."
He fined Dawes £250 and ordered £250 court costs.