A MAN sparked a major search involving a helicopter and dog teams after running away from cops who had caught him in a state of undress with a woman in a car near Nairn.
The drama ended in Inverness Sheriff Court today when Jordan Jeans – who had been in custody for a month – was ordered to carry out 100 hours of community service for a charge of resisting arrest.
The court heard how the incident developed from the discovery by a female member of staff at the Covenanter’s Inn in Auldearn that her car was missing from the car park. She had earlier given her keys to a friend who had been at the bar with Jeans (22) of Laing Gardens, Nairn.
Depute Fiscal Karen Smith said police received an anonymous call about two people who appeared to be drunk getting into a car.
The vehicle was later found by police in a secluded spot at Granny Barbour Road near the village.
"On opening the door they found Jeans and a female in a state of undress," said Mrs Smith. "They spoke to them and asked them to get dressed."
But the fiscal said Jeans got out of the vehicle struggled with the officers and managed to escape.
Helicopters and police dog teams were used in the search of wooded and farmland areas on the outskirts of Nairn to try and trace Jeans.
Mrs Smith said he was not found but later handed himself in to police on December 2.
Solicitor Rory Gowans said Jeans was in a relationship and had met up with a female friend and had consumed a considerable amount of alcohol.
He said: "They went to a secluded area near Auldearn and the first recollection he had was of police knocking on the door. Clearly something intimate was going on. He fell out of the car and hit his head on the ground and believes he may have been concussed."
The solicitor said Jeans was working at the time as a bar manager but also worked as a labourer and now had prospects of a job in the oil industry. "He apologises for his conduct."
Jeans admitted that on November 28 in Granny Barbour Road he resisted arrest by struggling with police and persistently attempting to escape from custody.
Pleas of not guilty were accepted by the Crown to driving while unfit through drink or drugs, without insurance, without supervision or L plates while holder of a provisional licence and trying to defeat the ends of justice by slipping his hand through police handcuffs and making good his escape.
Sheriff Margaret Neilson said given the Crown had accepted a plea to much reduced charge and also the time he had spent in custody she ordered Jeans to carry out 100 hours of community service.