A MAN found collapsed in a bus shelter admitted consuming alcohol and cocaine hours before making threats to hospital staff.

Officers found cocaine on Matthew Marshall, 20, who was inside the shelter in Shildon on April 29.

Magistrates in Newton Aycliffe on Thursday heard he was taken to Darlington Memorial Hospital where he became abusive towards nursing staff, held a metal chair in the air and struggled as he was arrested.

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He told police he had drunk vodka and taken cocaine.

Andrew Clinton, mitigating, said his client could not recall the episode but accepted what happened.

Marshall, of Primrose Drive, Shildon, pleaded guilty to possessing a Class A drug, obstructing a constable and using threatening or abusive behaviour. He was given a two-month community order, a two-month curfew from 7am to 7pm and was ordered to pay £170 in costs.