A TRANENT man who ran amok on a Tranent street while wielding a hammer has been jailed.

Kevin Inverarity brandished a makeshift weapon at police officers before chasing one PC and attempting to strike him with the tool.

Inverarity, of Bridge Street, also smashed a window and acted in an aggressive manner during the violent incident at the town’s Bridge Street and High Street on Wednesday afternoon.

The 36-year-old was eventually subdued and arrested by police before being taken to Edinburgh Royal Infirmary for treatment.

But while at the hospital, Inverarity continued to be unruly and was seen shouting, swearing and uttering threats of violence.

He also threatened to wet himself and made homophobic remarks to police officers at the hospital and later at St Leonard’s Police Station.

Inverarity appeared at Edinburgh Sheriff Court from custody yesterday (Thursday), where he pleaded guilty to five charges.

Sheriff Donald Corke deferred sentence to next month and remanded Inverarity in custody after refusing his bail application.

Inverarity admitted behaving in a threatening or abusive manner by striking a window with a hammer, shouting, swearing, acting in an aggressive manner and brandishing a hammer at police officers and other people at Bridge Street and High Street, both Tranent, on February 19.

He also admitted assaulting PC Greig Porteous by brandishing the hammer at him, chasing after him and attempting to strike him on the body with the hammer.

Inverarity also pleaded guilty to possessing a hammer in a public place and to being in charge of a vehicle while unfit to do so through drink or drugs.

He also admitted behaving in a threatening or abusive manner by shouting, swearing, uttering threats to urinate, uttering threats of violence and uttering homophobic remarks to police officers at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh and St Leonard’s Police Station in Edinburgh.