Man told police officer that he was ‘the IRA’


After crashing his car into a hedge a Portadown man left the scene but police found his house key in the vehicle and let themselves into his home where they found him in bed.

Thomas Ruddok (71), Moy Road, Portadown admitted three offences at Craigavon Magistrates Court.

They were driving while unfit, assaulting a police officer and taking a vehicle without the consent of its owner on July 15.

The court heard that at 1.08am there was a report of a vehicle in a hedge on the Drumanphy Road.

A witness reported that a man ran past in the direction of Scotch Street. There was damage to the exterior of the car and the interior smelled of alcohol.

A house key was found in the vehicle and police attained address details. Concerned about possible injuries to the driver they used the key to enter the property.

They found the defendant in bed. There were scratches on his arm and blood stains on the bed. He was highly intoxicated.

Ruddok told an officer, “F—k off you b—h.” He then pushed her.

When arrested he refused to provide samples and said to the female officer, “I am IRA, I’ll remember your face.”

District Judge, Mr Mervyn Bates, said there was “not a shadow of a doubt” that a pre-sentence report was required.

He released the defendant on £400 bail to appear again on September 9.