A would-be East Kilbride car thief ended up in hospital with self-inflicted injuries after turning violent when he was arrested.
Hamilton Sheriff Court heard that Scott Brown was treated for head wounds en route to the police station.
Brown, 37, of Hawthorn Terrace, admitted attempting to force open a car, threatening or abusive behaviour, resisting arrest and police assault.
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Officers had received a report of someone trying to break into an Audi A4 around 10pm on September 21.
They identified Brown from a householder’s CCTV and spotted him in Alison Lea.
He hurled abuse at them, struggled as they tried to arrest him and kicked one officer.
Brown was then “taken to the ground” before being put in the police van.
He started banging his head off the inside of the vehicle and the officers took him to Wishaw General for treatment to cuts.
He continued to shout abuse at them at the hospital and during the journey to Motherwell police station.
Defence agent Andy Thomson said Brown was under the influence and remembered nothing about the incidents.
Mr Thomson said Brown struggled after being the victim of a serious assault last year, but had been getting help from an organisation that assists offenders.
Unfortunately, his arrest last month led to him being kept in custody.
Sheriff Louise Gallacher said a criminal justice social work report suggested Brown had been making “great progress” until this “isolated” incident.
She agreed to release him on a two-year supervision order, but warned: “I can pretty much guarantee that if there is further offending or you breach this order no other opportunity will be given.”
Brown will also be electronically tagged for six months, meaning he’s confined to his home each day between 7pm and 7am.
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