A binge-drinking thug who attacked a police officer with his own CS gas spray as he tried to arrest his stepson has been locked up.
Michael Dolan, aged 49, had been drinking for seven hours and was pumped up on steroids when he attacked PC Glen Hill outside The Mail Coach pub in Rotherham.
CCTV footage of the incident showed Dolan repeatedly punching PC Hill as he lay helpless on the ground – and using the officer’s ‘Pava’ spray as a weapon to beat him about the head.
PC Hill suffered cuts to his face and head which had to be glued and stitched, as well as psychological and emotional effects from the attack, Sheffield Crown Court heard.
Bev Tait, prosecuting, said PC Hill received a call about a disturbance at the pub in Rotherham town centre on November 12 last year, just after 7.30pm.
She said Dolan, who was drinking with his two stepsons, had been asked by the landlord to smoke his cigarette outside the pub, but they had become ‘obstreperous’ and the police were called.
She said: “PC Hill was on the 3pm to 11pm shift, he was single crewed and because he was close, he went there with the lights flashing.”
CCTV showed PC Hill bringing Dolan’s stepson to the floor as he tried to arrest him, using the spray.
Miss Tait said Dolan then intervened, felling the officer and using the spray to beat him repeatedly about the head.
PC Hill managed to flee the scene and Dolan was arrested by other officers.
Miss Tait said PC Hill suffered multiple cuts to his face and scalp and needed six stitches, while other cuts were glued.
Dolan, of Fitzwilliam Road, Eastwood, admitted wounding.
James Baird, mitigating, said Dolan ‘couldn’t remember’ what happened, but described his actions as ‘nuts’.
Mr Baird said: “He said he wasn’t a violent man and it had all gone horribly wrong and he didn’t know what was going on in his head.”
Jailing him for two years and eight months, Judge Alan Goldsack QC said: “Police are citizens in uniform and have the same feelings and emotions as everyone else.
“The policeman quite understandably and properly went to arrest your stepson.”