Police Used CS Spray On Man Whose Step son's Car Was Searched

POLICE used CS spray on Jason Drage after he complained that officers had carried out a drugs search on his step-son s car. Drage was abusive and aggressive, and pushed PC Neil Duncan on the shoulder during the incident in Soham, city magistrates were tol

POLICE used CS spray on Jason Drage after he complained that officers had carried out a drugs search on his step-son's car.

Drage was abusive and aggressive, and pushed PC Neil Duncan on the shoulder during the incident in Soham, city magistrates were told.

"He shoved me out of the way and tried to stop me carrying out the search," PC Duncan said from the witness box.

"I tried to explain that he could not shout at an officer, or push an officer. He then grabbed my hands and squeezed my fingers. I pushed him back.

"He came towards me with his fists clenched, shoulders back, and chest puffed out.

"I warned him I would use the CS gas if he came towards me, I feared for my safety, and thought I would be assaulted.

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"He continued to walk towards me, and I sprayed him with CS gas in the face." Drage was then taken to the floor, and handcuffed.

PC Duncan said no drugs were found in the car. A second officer also sprayed CS gas on 25-year-old Drage, of Queensway, Soham.

Drage had denied charges of assaulting PC Duncan and using threatening behaviour on April 11, and faced trial on Thursday.

When interviewed by police, Drage said he had been extremely angry at the time, said prosecutor Francesca Devine. He could not remember what he had said, but denied any assault. He said he was fed-up with his step son being stopped by police, while other people were being robbed.

The trial was stopped before Drage's defence was heard, due to lack of court time, and is due to be completed on July 18.

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