Police dog unit caught man who pushed PC

17:00 03 June 2014

Exeter Magistrates Court

Exeter Magistrates Court

Archant

A specialist dog unit had to be called in to track down a car salesman who had assaulted an Ottery police officer, a court heard.

Jonathan Hoar, 27, was arrested in the early hours of Saturday, May 10 after he pushed PC Vicky Dixon and tried to snatch her radio before running off.

Exeter Magistrates’ Court heard that Hoar, from Talaton, goaded police as they were arresting him – swearing at them and threatening to rape one of the officers’ wives.

He pled guilty to assaulting PC Dixon at court on Wednesday.

Dafydd Paxton, for the prosecution, told the court PC Dixon had pulled over a car, which was being driven by Hoar’s ex-girlfriend, in Mill Street at 4.16am, after she noticed it was speeding.

He told the court that PC Dixon spoke to the driver, but passenger Hoar, who had been drinking, swore at her and complained that the local police were always pulling him over.

He added: “PC Dixon then spoke to the driver in her police car, but Hoar got in.”

The court heard that when the officer went to call for back-up, Hoar lunged for her radio before pushing her backwards and then running away.

A dog unit was called in and quickly located the former army serviceman.

In mitigation, Rob Jacobs described Hoar’s actions as an ‘out of character aberration’.

He told the court that Hoar suffered from a stress-related problem, which when mixed with alcohol caused him to have blackouts.

He said his client, who has no previous convictions, had written a letter to the Ottery PC apologising for his actions.

Mr Jacobs added: “He does not accept that he said he would rape one of the officers’ wives, but he does accept the pushing and grabbing of the radio.”

Magistrates told Hoar: “We hope this was just one moment of madness.”

Hoar was ordered to pay a fine of £130 and £105 in costs.

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Sidmouth Herald visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Sidmouth Herald staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Sidmouth Herald account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Other News Stories

13:04

Opportunist thieves were targeted by police during a three-day festival in Escot Park at the weekend.

Read more
11:01
Himalayan Balsam

Organisers behind an effort to clear the River Sid of an invasive weed have warned it will take years to solve the problem unless more people lend a hand.

Read more

A recent spate of burglaries has prompted a police appeal for witnesses, or anyone who has been offered stolen goods, to come forward.

Read more
Yesterday, 12:54
Ian West completed the gruelling Tough Mudder challenge to raise £1030 for CLIC Sargent

A man who has battled cancer – and lost his brother to leukaemia - undertook a gruelling 10-mile obstacle course to raise £1,030 for a charity that supported him and his family.

Read more
Yesterday, 09:01
Trustee member Adrian Ford and chairman Rachel Johnstone presented flowers to June Waters on her last day as a volunteer at the Sid Valley Memory Cafe.

A widow has backed the Sid Valley Memory Café’s Admiral Nurse Campaign after marrying twice and seeing both husbands suffer from dementia.

Read more
Saturday, August 29, 2015
Josh Gutierrez will soon be heading off to Cambodia where he will take part in a VSO project. Ref shs 7653-34-15SH. Picture: Simon Horn

A university graduate has quit his job to go and help families in a struggling third world country.

Read more
Saturday, August 29, 2015
A vintage teddy donated to Jeannie and John's appeal

A couple’s appeal to raffle off teddy bears to thank a prostate cancer charity has captured the imagination of the town – and revealed the impact of the little-discussed illness.

Read more
Friday, August 28, 2015

Sid Valley residents are being warned to be on their guard against fraudsters claiming to offer a discount or rebate on council tax.

Read more
Friday, August 28, 2015
The Red Arrows at Sidmouth. Ref shs 5777-35-15TI. Picture: Terry Ife

Pictues:

Read more
Friday, August 28, 2015

Police are appealing for information after a ‘suspicious man’ approached a young woman waiting for a bus by the mini-roundabout in Newton Poppleford to ask for directions.

Read more

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 17°C

min temp: 10°C

Most Read News

Great British Life


Great British Life

Family notices
Advertise in the paper
Submit a Story
Submit a Story
Buy Photos
Competitions
iwitness24
Facebook
Twitter
Google Plus Page
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Sidmouth Herald e-edition today E-edition


Devon's trusted business finder