AN ISLE of Wight man tried to break free from police after being arrested as part of a police investigation into potential drugs supply to juveniles.   

Christopher Gilbert, of Wharf Road, Stanford-le-Hope – formerly of Station Avenue, Sandown – appeared before Isle of Wight magistrates on Friday, February 9.

The 34-year-old admitted possession of an offensive weapon in public, possession of cannabis, and obstructing a police officer in the execution of their duty, in Sandown, on January 31.

Lauren Stone, prosecuting, said police officers had been conducting foot patrols in plain clothing along Cliff Path in Sandown.

She said they were alerted to two males, one of them Gilbert, suspected of supplying drugs to juveniles.

Both males were arrested, but Gilbert made an attempt to run between officers.

When restrained, the court heard he continued to resist, kicking out and trying to shove police.

Ms Stone said he began to comply when officers threatened to use an incapacitant spray.

Gilbert was found in possession of cannabis and a knife, of which the former, he said in police interview, was for personal use.

Oscar Vincent, defending, said the knife was located deep inside Gilbert’s rucksack and was not found by police until he was taken into custody.

Gilbert, already subject of a 17-month prison term, suspended for 24 months, saw his case adjourned to March 8 at the Isle of Wight Crown Court.