A MAN who was high on petrol led police on a “wild goose chase” after making false 999 calls.
Durham Crown Court heard Lee Henderson had been sniffing fuel from a Lucozade bottle when he called police to tell them he was going to kill himself.
“There were several calls,” said Liam O’Brien, prosecuting.
“Henderson essentially led police on a wild goose chase around a wooded area near his home.
“Officers tracked him down at 1.10am, but at 2.28am he made further calls and was arrested.”
Henderson, 30, of Gainford, Chester-le-Street, admitted sending a false message on November 26.
He has 30 previous convictions for 92 offences, including affray and possession of a bladed article.
Tony Davis, defending, said: “This offending is very different from the hoax caller who makes calls to enjoy the reaction of the emergency services.
“Mr Henderson has frequent incidents of emotional meltdown. He has genuine mental health problems, and there is no easy way of circumventing these.”
Henderson was fined £5 for breaching the terms of an earlier suspended sentence, and told to pay a £60 victim surcharge.