A DRUNK who growled at police and made noises like an owl after repeatedly refusing to tell them his name and address was hauled before the courts.
Ashley Kelshaw, 30, was arrested on suspicion of being drunk and disorderly after police were called to Ley Road in Astley in the early hours of May 11.
Wigan Magistrates’ Court heard how officers had initially been called out at about 4.20am to reports of a man peering into vehicles along the road – before drunkenly kicking at them.
When officers arrived, they stopped Kelshaw – who matched the description of the man described by witnesses – and asked for his name and address.
But Katie Beattie, prosecuting, told how he not only refused to tell them his details, but became aggressive and started shouting and swearing.
He then reluctantly revealed to them that his name was “Ash” but refused to tell them his surname or where he lived.
When he was placed under arrest, he drunkenly tried to twist and turn away from the officers and, bizarrely, started growling at them and making noises like an owl. He also continued to verbally abuse the officers.
After pleading guilty at the first opportunity before Wigan Magistrates’ Court, Kelshaw spoke in his own defence.
He first apologised for his actions – admitting he had been “stupid” – before claiming he had been under a lot of pressure after losing his job and splitting up with his girlfriend. He admitted: “I just got a bit out of control”.
Magistrates handed Kelshaw, of Elliott Street, Tyldesley, a 12-month conditional discharge and ordered him to pay £85 towards court costs and a £15 victim surcharge.
As he is currently unemployed, the money he now owes the courts is set to be taken from source and deducted from his benefits.