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Drunk 999 caller threatened to 'go mental'

Perth Sheriff Court
Image caption Perth Sheriff Court heard Mullen was "incapable of heeding warnings"

A Perth man who repeatedly dialled 999 and demanded the police give him a lift has been jailed for nine-and-a-half months.

Lee Mullen used the emergency number six times in less than an hour and told officers he would "go mental" if he was not given a lift home.

Mullen admitted the charge at Perth Sheriff Court.

His solicitor told the court the 23-year-old had been abusing alcohol and heroin on a daily basis.

Mullen also admitted charges of theft and being in a house with intent to commit theft.

Depute fiscal Tina Dickie told the court: "The accused dialled 999. He claimed he was on a curfew and had breached a condition and demanded the police arrest him as soon as possible."

A police check revealed there was no such condition, which Mullen refused to accept.

Ms Dickie said: "Between 20:10 and 20:50 a further four 999 calls were received by police.

"At 20:50 a further call was received and he stated he had fallen out with a friend.

"He said he would go mental if police didn't take him to Perth.

"Due to his drunk and drugged condition he was incapable of heeding warnings."

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