Drunken Andrew Wainwright threatened to ‘spark out’ and stab a PCSO as he patrolled a town centre.
The 39-year-old was one of a group the officer saw drinking by Burslem Town Hall.
The others moved on, but the defendant began to shout abuse at him. He then threatened the police community support officer before police back-up arrived and arrested him.
Now Wainwright has been sentenced to a 12-month community order at North Staffordshire Justice Centre.
Prosecutor Carla Harris said a PCSO was patrolling Burslem town centre on July 11 when he saw a group drinking by the town hall.
She told the court: “They all walked away, apart from the defendant who gestured. He stuck two fingers up before saying, ‘**** off’, and walking away.
“The officer asked why he had stuck fingers up at him and he denied he had done so. The officer walked way and the defendant followed in an aggressive manner.
“The officer asked him to quieten his speech. The officer asked what his name was, but he refused to say his name.
“The officer tried to calm him down. The defendant said, ‘You don’t know who I am, I will spark you out right now’. He continued to threaten the officer, saying he had nothing to lose.
“The officer felt in fear for his safety. He tried to calm the defendant and walk away. The defendant said, ‘I will stab you. I will do time for you’.
“Police attended and arrested the defendant.”
Wainwright, of Furlong Court, Burslem, pleaded guilty to using threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour.
Colin Drew, mitigating, said the defendant has an alcohol problem.
“It was a drunken and disorderly offence brought on by the excessive consumption of alcohol,” he added.
“He binge drinks. That was the sad situation on this day. He cannot remember what he said to the officer and he cannot think of any reason why he should have said it.
“He is ashamed of himself that he got involved in this sort of thing.”
Mr Drew added that Wainwright has referred himself to Brighter Futures and is on a list to gain a place at Liberty Farm – a rehabilitation centre near Blythe Bridge.
As part of the community order, Wainwright must complete a rehabilitation activity requirement for 10 days and a 30-day curfew from 9pm to 6am.
Chairman of the bench, Eric Ratcliffe said: “You were out of control. We want to do something about it. The idea is to see if we can help you. You are on the edge of the slippery slope and we want to pull you back and get you moving.”
Wainwright was ordered to pay £135 costs and a £90 surcharge.
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