An 18-year-old Inverness youth was sent to detention for nine months yesterday over a number of drunken crimes.
Stephen Dick, of Rossal House, Island Bank Road, had admitted several offences committed between November last year and May this year.
Inverness Sheriff Court heard that on November 14, police found Dick drunk in Lombard Street and went to speak to him.
But he became abusive towards officers and kicked one of them in the groin.
On April 24 this year, Dick was again intoxicated in homeless accommodation and began shouting and swearing when police were called.
On May 3, in King Street, Invergordon, Dick was thrown out of a local pub and police were called.
Fiscal depute Roderick Urquhart said that officers who had been called also called an ambulance.
But when the paramedics arrived, he threatened to kill them or anyone else who tried to help him.
Two weeks later, police were again called when Dick fell and injured himself outside the Co-op store in Telford Street.
When he was placed in a police van after refusing treatment, he began shouting, swearing and kicking the inside of the vehicle.
Dick admitted charges of assault and threatening behaviour as well as two breaches of a bail curfew.
Defence solicitor Willie Young said that the background to all the offences was alcohol and drugs abuse, adding: “But since he has been on remand, he realises that he can live without them.”
Sheriff Fleetwood told Dick: “I have no confidence that you will not abstain from drink or drugs if I released you from custody. You have had every opportunity and the buck stops today.”