A MAN has been jailed for hurling abused at officers while being taken to Clydebank police after an arrest for dangerous driving.

Allister Strattan appeared at Dumbarton Sheriff Court on Friday for sentencing after previously admitting driving dangerously and hitting a stationary car while his car was in a dangerous condition on February 15.

The 58-year-old also pleaded guilty to behaving in a threatening or abusive manner by shouting, swearing, uttering threats of violence, acting in an aggressive manner and challenging a police officer to fight.

The court heard that at 4.50am police went in search of a vehicle involved in a “minor collision”, and spotted the car – which was damaged – being driven by Strattan.

But when they arrested Strattan for dangerous driving, he hurled a volley of abuse at them. Fiscal depute Scott Simpson said: “He took his arrest very badly and reacted inappropriately.

“He called one of the two officers a f****** bam and an a*******. He behaved in a threatening manner saying ‘I’d love to get you down a dark alley – I’ll punch your c*** in wee man, and you’d better watch yourself when you’re off duty’.”

The vehicle Strattan’s car collided with was found to have only cosmetic damage.

Strattan’s defence solicitor, Lauren Kerr, said her client was aware of the position he was in and told the court that he had difficulties with drugs, but had “made progress”.

She said: “He doesn’t remember anything. He is disgusted and remorseful of his actions.”

Ms Kerr said there were concerns over Strattan’s mental health but that he was willing to carry out hours of unpaid work as a punishment Sheriff Simon Pender said: “These are serious matters. Police officers should not have to endure the abuse you subjected.”

Strattan, listed in court papers as being of no fixed abode, was sentenced to five months in prison and disqualified from driving for 30 months for the first charge.

He was jailed for five months for the second charge.

His sentences will run concurrently.