A MAN struggled with cops as he desperately tried to drink methadone in the back of a police vehicle - then told them “I’m sorry, I’m an a***hole”.

Frances Halliday, 47, appeared from custody at Glasgow Sheriff Court last week. He was appearing for sentencing and for breaching a court order that was previously imposed.

Prosecutor Jennifer Sillars said: “On May 24, 2022, police officers attended the home of the accused and traced him within.

“He had an outstanding warrant and was informed of his arrest. He was thereafter conveyed to a marked police vehicle.

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“Whilst en route to the police station, he was observed to fidget within his pockets. Officers gave him ample warning to desist, or he would be placed in handcuffs.

“He produced an open bottle of methadone and started drinking it. Police tried to restrain the accused, but he continued pulling away causing the contents of the bottle to spill.”

Cops tried to apply handcuffs to Halliday, but he pulled away again.

Eventually, the vehicle was stopped, and he was removed.

He said: “I’m an a***hole, I’m sorry. I did it because I wanted my methadone”.

Halliday, of Lambhill, was cautioned and charged and made no reply.

His lawyer told the court: “He was so desperate being relying on methadone and knew he was facing some time in custody.

“He struggled with the police officers and caused a minor scratch on one of their arms, that’s effectively why he’s here today.

“He is extremely apologetic, and this comes across in the narration.”

The defence solicitor told the court his client has health issues which cause “significant difficulties”.

He added: “His record reflects someone who has a drug problem and funding that drug problem.

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“This has been his first significant period in custody, and it made him realise he doesn’t want to be here.

“My instruction is to seek a further opportunity for him. In my submission, sending him to custody would not provide him with the rehabilitation he requires.”

Sheriff Shona Gilroy said: “I’m of the view he’s had ample opportunities.”

Halliday, who already spent 51 days in custody, was put behind bars for a further 39 days.