A 23-year-old London man has spoken of his ordeal at the hands of police officers, who mistook his erratic, drunken behaviour in the street, for Parkinson’s disease, and kept him locked in a police cell for 24 hours.
Tony Ford, from Pimlico, West London, told reporters that his ordeal began last Saturday night, after a bout of heavy drinking in a pub close to his home: “It was just a normal Saturday night really. I started on the grog at around 6.00pm and must have tucked away about 10 pints and a couple of scotches by the time I left the boozer at around 11.00pm
“I was staggering down the street, minding my own business, when a police car pulled up alongside me. Two officers got out and started accusing me of having Parkinson’s Disease. I tried to protest my innocence, but they just wouldn’t listen and bundled me into the back of the patrol car.
“They took me down the local nick at Ebury Bridge, and flung me in a cell. It was absolutely outrageous to be honest. I was cooped up all night with a couple of other blokes - one of whom was twitching about all over the shop and was clearly suffering from Parkinson’s, while the other appeared to have Alzheimer’s Disease, as he was wandering aimlessly around the cell and kept forgetting where he was.
“They didn’t release me until around 11.00am the next day, by which time I was in a terrible state. I was shaking like a shitting dog, and had a mouth like the bottom of a baby’s pram. The officer that opened the cell was quite abusive to be honest and called me “a waste of space” and “A fucking parky”
“ I was then released on bail and told to go down the hospital and to “get myself sorted out” It was a night I’ll never forget in all honesty. To be an innocent, incoherent drunk, vomiting in front gardens and pissing in shop doorways, only to be accused of having a progressive, and increasingly debilitating disease is something I wouldn’t wish on my own worst enemy.”
This latest incident follows on the heels of a similar case last month, when an 18-year-old drunken girl, spotted by police lying outside a nightclub in a pool of her own vomit, was arrested, and later released on bail, after being charged with suspected epilepsy.