Man tasered by police during car-wrecking spree with kitchen knife
A MAN was tasered by police as he ran riot outside a pub armed with a knife.
Michael Carrick, 20, caused hundreds of pounds of damage to three parked cars after appearing at the door of The Crown pub in Holderness Road with the chef's knife.
Carrick, who had downed 15 bottles of Budweiser, had been refused entry to the pub before ripping the wing mirrors off three parked cars near East Park and putting an 18in scratch into paint work.
Humberside Police scrambled their helicopter and Carrick was tracked to the nearby Woodford Leisure Centre, where he was tasered and the knife was recovered.
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TV cameras captured police apprehending Carrick as part of the BBC's Banged Up series.
Now, a judge has shown mercy after hearing how Carrick's life fell apart when he was bitten in the face by another man.
Recorder Sandeep Kainth told Carrick: "There is significant public pressure that people who arm themselves with knives should go to prison.
"However, yours is an exceptional case. I accept there are post-traumatic elements involved here."
Hull Crown Court heard Carrick was refused entry to the pub because he was worse for drink.
He staggered up to staff and said: "If I get rid of my blade, will you let me in?"
Crown barrister Claire Holmes told the court Humberside Police called in the force helicopter and Mr Carrick was brought to the ground with a Taser while holding the knife.
He told police it was his grandfather's chef's knife, which he had found in the loft earlier that day.
The court heard Mr Carrick had no previous convictions. Carrick of Alderford Drive, Hull, admitted criminal damage, a public order offence and possessing a knife in a public place on March 11.
However, he went on to punch another man who had assaulted him in the beer garden of the Room Bar in North Church Side, Hull, on April 28 while on bail.
Defence barrister Harold Bloomfield said Mr Carrick's world had fallen apart after he was bitten in the face. His attacker was jailed for 21 months for grievous bodily harm.
Mr Bloomfield said: "He lost his self-confidence, he lost his self respect, he lost his girlfriend and he lost his employer.
"That night, he had taken a large quantity of alcohol.
"He was contemplating taking his own life. That was why he had the knife."
He said Carrick was so drunk he only remembered finding himself at Woodford Leisure Centre.
He urged the recorder not to jail him and give him the chance to put his life back on track.
Recorder Kainth gave him an 11-month suspended sentence, 200 hours' unpaid work in the community and a six-month curfew from 7pm to 7am.
The judge said: "You have not helped yourself by binge drinking in order to escape from your troubled feelings.
"That is no way to deal with it.
"I am taking an exceptional course with you and imposing a suspended sentence.
"You suffered a violent attack and had difficulty coping with that."