A PARKHEAD man who was caught drink driving went on to headbutt a cop after he thought excessive force was used to put handcuffs on him.

Declan Hamilton, 23, was spotted driving a car on the wrong side of Westerhouse Road in Easterhouse on April 25 this year.

He appeared at Glasgow Sheriff Court after previously pleading guilty to drink driving, assault, and driving with no insurance.

The court heard that at around 2am, police activated their blue lights and sirens in order for Hamilton to pull over.

Procurator fiscal depute Paula Wedlock said: “The motor vehicle carried out a U-turn and approached the traffic lights. It thereafter turned left onto the road behind The Lochs Shopping Centre and continued driving.

“The vehicle then stopped and on approaching it, the accused was observed as the driver. He was asked to switch off the engine and he handed his keys to the police.

“Police checks were carried out and there was no insurance in place. A roadside breath test was conducted, and this was failed. He was arrested.

“Police requested a cell van to convey him to custody. The accused turned and headbutted one of the officers to the face. The officers activated their emergency response button due to his behaviour.”

Hamilton was conveyed to Govan police office and provided a specimen of breath. He was found to be more than double the drink-drive limit.

His lawyer said: “He was told he was under arrest, and he felt he was being really roughly treated as the handcuffs were put on with excessive force.

“He didn’t just headbutt the officer out of the blue. He does see and understand he shouldn’t have done any of these things. He regrets these actions and accepts there will be consequences.”

Sheriff Patricia Pryce ordered Hamilton to be under social work supervision for 12 months, stay within his home between 8pm-7am, and disqualified him from driving for one year.

She told him: “These are very serious matters, particularly assaulting a police officer in the course of his duty.

“I know you were concerned about excessive force, but you were put in this situation because you drove the way you did.”