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King's Lynn man evaded police before being PAVA sprayed, court told

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A man being arrested for a drug offence in Lynn town centre managed to give two police officers the slip three times.

Adrian Kompiel, 26, was searched in Norfolk Street at 4am on November 14 and found to have a small amount of cannabis in his hoodie.

“At this point the defendant ran away to Broad Street,” prosecutor Katharine Kibrya-Dean told town magistrates on Thursday.

King's Lynn Magistrates' Court (53801123)
King's Lynn Magistrates' Court (53801123)

“PC Smart attempted to place handcuffs on him but he managed to run away.”

Kompiel fell over after which PC Smart and PC Cowen got him against a window.

Again, the defendant wriggled away, with one of the officers then grabbing his hoodie.

Kompiel “shrugged it off” and got away, said Miss Kibrya-Dean.

PC Smart then tackled him to the floor, while PC Cowen drew his PAVA spray.

Still Kompiel would not comply so the spray was deployed.

The defendant, who had no previous convictions, pleaded guilty to resisting arrest and possession of a class B drug.

In mitigation, solicitor Charlotte Winchester said: “When I read through the officers’ account, Mr Kompiel had his head in his hands.

“He said ‘I can’t believe I’ve been so stupid.’”

Kompiel, of Ashfield Hill, Fairstead in Lynn, was fined £80 for each offence and ordered to pay £50 costs and £34 victim surcharge.

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