A thug dubbed “Spiderned” over a series of aerial criminal escapades has been jailed again after scaling a ledge before chucking a door at taser-wielding police.
Connor McLeod (pictured), who earned the moniker when he climbed down the outside of a 14-storey tower block to evade police in 2011, then downed 300 valium tablets while perched on the ledge before giving himself up to police.
McLeod had been found hiding in a car repair garage in South Road, Dundee where police turned up to investigate reports of a break–in.
During a stand-off with a police dog unit and armed officers wielding a taser, McLeod shoved a door towards officers before he downed the “gargantuan” quantity of pills.
Fiscal depute Nicola Gillespie told Dundee Sheriff Court police forced entry to the building around 6.20am on August 3.
She said: “An initial search did not reveal anyone within, however, on entering the workshop area, the accused and another person were seen on the ledge.
“The accused was hiding behind a ladder and was instructed to come down immediately.
“He was very aggressive, swearing, shouting, threatening police to fight and to throw objects at officers in attendance.
“An officer drew his taser and activated the red dots on the accused due to his aggressive nature and threats.
“An officer began engaging with the accused to get him down safely but he refused to come down from the ledge and then pushed an old door from over the edge.
“He began to take tablets from his pockets and chewed on them.
“Officers estimated he took 200 to 300 tablets during this period.
“He then stated he would come down if the police dog left the workshop.”
McLeod was taken to hospital, where medics refused to treat him due to his behaviour, before he was taken to Bell Street police HQ.
McLeod, 23, a prisoner at Perth, pleaded guilty on indictment to charges of theft, breaching bail, behaving in a threatening and abusive manner, vandalism, police assault and drugs offences.
Sheriff Alastair Carmichael told McLeod he knew himself he was going to jail and said the officers should not be subjected to that “entirely unacceptable” behaviour while at work.
He jailed McLeod for 22 months.
McLeod earned the name Spiderned in 2011 after scaling down Dallfield Court – a 14-storey tower block near the city centre.