An Isle of Wight man was seen shouting and shadowboxing with himself while drunk and high in the street before running from police and spitting in an officer’s face.

Jerry Russell, of Gort Road, East Cowes, attended the Isle of Wight Magistrates’ Court for sentencing on Tuesday, April 2.

The 28-year-old had previously pleaded guilty to being drunk and disorderly in a public place, possessing a controlled drug of Class B – namely ketamine – and common assault of an emergency worker.

Liz Miller, prosecuting, said police were called to Victoria Grove on February 8, following a report of a male shouting and hitting things in the street.

Upon officers’ arrival, they saw Russell shadowboxing and asked him who he was, to which he replied, “Nobody.”

When they approached, he fled the scene and ran through a hedgerow, where he was eventually detained, the court heard.

Ms Miller said Russell started hitting his head in the police van and was subsequently taken to hospital.

After being discharged, Ms Miller told the court Russell became volatile and spat in the face of a police officer.

Barry Arnett, defending, said his client is a young man with a number of difficulties who understands that he has done wrong and admits he had mixed ketamine with alcohol.

Magistrates handed Russell a 12-month community order to include 20 rehabilitation days and a 7pm to 7am curfew for eight weeks.

Russell must also pay a £114 surcharge, £85 costs and £75 compensation to the police officer.