A Church of England vicar shouted: ‘I’m from the Vatican, you’re f*****’ as he lashed out at police following a nightclub vodka binge.
Parish priest Gareth Jones, 36, screamed: ‘I have diplomatic immunity’ as he punched, kicked, bit and spat at a police officer and a paramedic who found him passed out in his clerical frock in Covent Garden, central London.
When paramedic Ian Pollock gently shook the passed-out pastor at 2.30am to check he was alright, he awoke and growled: ‘I am going to f*** you up.’
Jones threatened to attack Mr Pollock but was unable to stand up due to his inebriated state.
He had downed three bottles of wine, several pints of beer, a number of gin and tonics and a large quantity of vodka.
The married father-of-one, who was ordained in 2006 and serves in Ilford, east London, then lashed out and kicked the emergency worker twice in the leg.
Prosecuting, Edward Aydin, said: “Two police officers on the other side of the road see what’s going on.
“Mr Pollock, fearing an attack, positioned himself on top of Mr Jones to protect himself.
“Mr Jones is still attacking the paramedic, he punches him in the chest then tried to bite his arms and is spitting on him.”
As the officers tried to hold Jones’ legs during the struggle, he kicked PC Andrew Fletcher in the left cheek before claiming he was from the Vatican embassy in a desperate attempt to avoid arrest.
Mr Aydin said: “The officer says ‘which embassy?’ and he says: ‘The Vatican, you’re f*cked.’
“He is growling makes no attempt to respond to a caution and continues to shout that he has diplomatic immunity.”
He added: “I’m not sure if he has anything to do with the Vatican because he is with the Church of England.
“There’s no relationship between those two religions.”
SOURCE: RICHARD WHEATSTONE, GREG WILFORD