Officers were called to a report of a disturbance involving a distressed man at Sainsburys petrol station, Liverpool Rd, Newcastle-under-Lyme, at around 5.35pm on Thursday 13 August.
Police and ambulance attended. The man was taken into the ambulance for treatment but he ran off from the ambulance holding a pair of scissors to his neck threatening to self-harm.
Fearing for the man’s safety, and to protect other members of the public, an officer at the scene used taser to safely restrain and disarm the man. He was detained under the mental health act and taken to hospital for assistance.
However, after officers left the man at hospital they were called back at around 9.55pm following reports that the man had forced his way out of hospital and ran off armed with a chair leg.
Inquiries established that the man had gotten into the car of a passing motorist in Newcastle Lane, Stoke-on-Trent, and demanded they take him to Cobridge where he ran off from them. They were not injured during the incident.
Officers, with assistance from the Air Support Unit and Dog Support Unit, carried out an extensive search of the area where he was last seen. The man, a 34-year-old from Stoke-on-Trent, was located at an address in Grove Street where he was safely arrested and taken into custody where he remains.
Insp Mark Barlow, Newcastle Borough Local Policing Team, said: “Officers acted swiftly to bring this incident to a safe conclusion and prevent any harm coming to the man or members of the public.
“We understand these incidents will have concerned and frightened those who witnessed them and we’d like to thank them for their cooperation and support.”