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Man having a bad day went on a drunken rampage
A MAN who went on a violent drunken rampage because he was "having a bad time" has been jailed for nine months.
Christopher Hood repeatedly rammed another vehicle on the road, fled from his car, and attacked a stranger in the street.
He then went to the Darlington offices of his landlord, and assaulted two members of staff because he was "full of hell".
Teesside Crown Court heard how the 42-year-old was upset that building work was being done outside of his rented flat.
His lawyer, Ben Pegman, said he found it "discourteous" that his morning "sanctuary" was being disrupted by workmen.
Hood downed cans of lager and may have taken heroin or its medical substitute methadone before driving the Volvo.
After crashing into the back of a Range Rover in Milbank Road, Darlington, he deliberately shunted it twice more.
Prosecutor Rachel Masters told the court he then said to the shocked driver: "I'm sorry, you're not who I thought you were."
Hood abandoned his partner's car and ran to Stanhope Road where he grabbed a man around the neck and scuffled with him.
He made off to the offices of his landlord in nearby Duke Street where he spat at one worker and kicked another in the hip.
Mr Pegman said Hood was having a breakdown after a difficult year, but said: "He accepts he should not have gone to the office.
"It would appear there was some sort of emotional crisis on this day . . . events had certainly got him to this point on the day."
Hood, of Woodland Terrace, Darlington, was asked to give evidence because the judge refused to believe part of his account.
He told Judge Howard Crowson: "I can't explain it. I was just having a bad time. It was the culmination of a bad year."
The judge jailed him for nine months after he admitted three charges of assault and one of dangerous driving on December 6.
He said: "Getting angry and reacting to pressures in your life by attacking innocent members of the public will not be tolerated.
"You should not have been behind the wheel of that car. You were over the limit and you were clearly very angry."