A STICK-wielding man terrified fast food staff and hurled parts of a fence into oncoming traffic during a drink-fuelled spree.
Solihull Magistrates heard that Andrew Dodd, 20, of Giles Road, Shirley entered McDonalds Restaurant on Stratford Road, Shirley on June 29 with three friends. He had a two and a half foot long metal stick with him and had clearly been drinking.
The Prosecution said Dodds began brandishing the stick and banging it on the food counter while demanding free food from scared staff. He told staff he had bought the stick from town and it had cost £50. Dodd continued to be disruptive for approximately 25 minutes sending food back and insisting on its replacement while continually wielding the metal stick.
When Dodds eventually left McDonalds with his friends he headed towards the Stratford Road where he then uprooted a large piece of log fence and threw it into the path of vehicles. One of the car drivers stopped and challenged Dodds who ran into nearby Kemberton Road. The driver and two members of the public followed him whereupon the defendant threatened them. Police were called and Dodds was arrested where he continued to hurl abuse at officers.
Defending counsel said Dodds was extremely remorseful and had drunk three or four strong lagers before going to McDonalds. He had started a new job as a chef and had disassociated himself from the group of friends he had at the time of the incident. He had, continued the defence, 'gone off the rails'.
District Judge Nigel Cadbury handed Dodds, who pleaded guilty, a three months prison sentence suspended for 12 months for two offences with a requirement to attend the Think First programme, a groupwork programme for impulsive offenders. Costs were imposed of £87 and the metal stick was forfeited.