Man on ‘legal highs’ who bit cop on leg in vicious Montrose attack jailed

Steven Dunn at Dundee Sheriff Court.
Steven Dunn at Dundee Sheriff Court.

A brave cop single-handedly took on a ‘legal-highs’ crazed attacker in front of a crowd of horrified onlookers on Montrose’s busy High Street – and was left with an horrific bite wound on his leg as a result.

Serial police attacker Steven Dunn continued his horror attack on two other officers – trying to bite both and spitting blood on them before chewing through a leg restraint and claiming to be a member of the IRA - was today (Tuesday) jailed for 18 months.

Dunn had taken ‘legal highs’ before knocking on a man’s door before trying to punch him and biting him as soon as he answered.

Police were then contacted by a member of the public - prompting PC Jack Swindells (25) to arrive on the scene on the High Street, Montrose.

Before the officer could even get out of his car Dunn started “screaming and shouting” and charged the car.

He began “growling, snarling and attempting to bite Constable Swindells all over his body”.

The brave cop managed to grab Dunn’s head and sweep his legs to get him to the floor - but Dunn simply bit the cop again on his hand before spinning and biting him on the kneecap.

Vicious Dunn then managed to get on top of the officer - again repeatedly attempting to bite him before latching his teeth on to PC Swindells’ shin iin front of horrified members of the public who had stopped as the confrontation unfolded.

Fiscal depute Eilidh Robertson told Dundee Sheriff Court that a bystander then helped PC Swindells pull Dunn’s arms back as he handcuffed them.

She said: “The accused spat blood at Constable Swindells whilst this was happening.

“Constables Derek Duncan and Colin Crosbie then arrived.

“The accused, despite being handcuffed, continued to struggle and attempt to bite PC Swindells.

“He was spitting blood at both him and the officers from an injury inside his own mouth.

“The officers placed the accused in a spit hood and leg restraints.

“He was carried to the rear of a police van but refused to co-operate and was forcibly assisted into it.

“The accused was taken to Arbroath Police Office.

“Throughout the journey the accused shouted and was abusive towards police whilst claiming to be a member of the IRA.

“He kicked out at the interior of the vehicle a number of times and also urinated over himself.

“He managed to reach one of his leg restraints with his mouth and chew through it, and was able to remove his spit hood.

“Constable Swindells was taken to Ninewells Hospital in Dundee with cuts and bruises all over his body and an open bleeding bite wound to his leg, which was cleaned.

“The accused has a known history of intravenous drug use and as such PC Swindells was given a hepatitis vaccination booster and was given a course of post exposure prophylaxis antiretroviral drugs which had to be taken for four weeks.

“Fortunately, he was found not to have contracted a blood borne virus as a result of this attack.”

Dunn (39), a prisoner at HMP Perth, pleaded guilty on indictment to four charges of assault and one of behaving in a threatening and abusive manner.

Kevin Hampton, defending, said: “He felt the police were harassing him on a daily basis.

“They told him he was not welcome.

“That has boiled up in resentment.

“He has no recollection of these incidents as he was taking legal highs.”

Sheriff Lorna Drummond QC jailed Dunn for 18 months.

She said: “You have a lengthy record including assaulting police.

“I take a serious view of these charges.”