A ‘habitual shoplifter’ from Frodsham threatened police officers with two carving knives as they tried to get into his home and protect his ‘terrified’ wife.
Jody Leigh, 34, of Ship Street, brandished the 12-inch blades after Cheshire Police had responded to a 999 call from the house on June 14, 2015.
He was drunk on half a bottle of vodka and had ‘threatened to cave his wife’s head in’.
Leigh was jailed for eight months at Chester Crown Court on February 8.
Recorder Richard Pratt QC said: “You had been acting in a way which was threatening and terrifying to your wife.
“Even for two experienced officers the sight of a person drunk and out of control coming towards them with two carving knives must’ve been terrifying.”
Cheshire Police received a 999 call from Leigh’s wife at the house in Ship Street at 9.40pm after he had ‘threatened to cave her head in’.
The 34-year-old denied the two officers entry and told them to leave.
His wife also said they were not needed as it had just been an argument with her husband, but police were concerned for her safety.
They could see Leigh was drunk as he swayed from side to side as they talked to him through an open window.
Ffion Tomos, prosecuting, said: “As one officer attempted to climb into the lounge, Leigh went into the kitchen and returned with the two 12-inch carving knives.
"He ran towards him, shouting, forcing the officer to retreat.
“Leigh continued to pace up and down behind the window, swigging from the bottle of vodka and smirking at police while still holding the blades.”
Eventually his wife escaped out of the back door and ran to safety.
Police then managed to gain entry to the house and arrest Leigh, who tried and failed to spit on the officer.
In interview the 34-year-old said he had been too drunk to remember what had gone on, but said he was ‘truly sorry’ if he had upset anyone.
Leigh pleaded guilty to one charge of affray.
Recorder Pratt described Leigh as a ‘habitual shoplifter’, but also someone without a history of violent offences.
The court heard how he had fallen into a cycle of stealing to feed his addictions.
The 34-year-old will be sentenced for seven counts of shoplifting, including taking £66.57 worth of meat products from Sainsburys, and one count of handling stolen goods at Chester Magistrates Court on Tuesday (February 9).
Damian Zelazowski, defending, said: “He accepts the way his actions would’ve made police feel.
“Mr Leigh has a long-standing drug habit, but as he is managing this he is developing a worse alcohol problem which is spiralling out of control.