A man who believed he had been unjustly arrested obscured a police surveillance camera using his own saliva, a court has heard.
Danny McKay, 37, of Aldham Court, Haverhill, had became agitated while being transported to a police station.
Today (January 27)Ipswich Crown Court heard that during the incident on June 12 last year, McKay spat at a camera fitted inside a police van and then smeared it to obscure the lens.
At the time McKay had been addicted to Vallium but been unable to obtain any of the drug which led to him becoming agitated when taken into custody, the court heard.
Prosecuting, Andrew Thompson said McKay was arrested following a complaint from a neighbour but it had been decided not to prosecute him in connection with that allegation.
Laura Kenyon, defending, said McKay, a father of four, had calmed down soon after the spitting incident which he now regretted and he had apologised for it to the police.
He had been upset because he believed that he was being arrested without justification.
Miss Kenyon said: “He accepts that he McKay was now determined to avoid getting into trouble again, she added.
McKay, who pleaded guilty to a charge of causing criminal damage, was made the subject of a 12 month conditional discharge and ordered to pay £85 towards the cost of the prosecution.