A NEWTON Abbot man has lodged an official complaint with police after he was acquitted in court of resisting and assaulting a female police constable.
Andrew Lane, 47, from Applegarth Avenue, was 'pepper' sprayed and claims he was tasered twice with 50,000 volts during the arrest outside the Lime Tree Pub in Dartmouth Road, Paignton, last December.
Mr Lane was charged with a public order offence, resisting PC Dionne Williams in the execution of her duty and assaulting PC Williams.
However, on the second day of the hearing at Newton Abbot Magistrates' Court, the bench found him not guilty of all three allegations.
After the trial, Mr Lane said 'justice had been served' but that his 'character had been marred'.
He explained that on December 28 he had been out celebrating his birthday with his son and another friend, having moved to South Devon just two weeks earlier.
Police were called to escort three men from the Lime Tree Pub after staff refused to serve them at 8.30pm.
Mr Lane said he was going through the police complaints procedure because of the way he was treated, the injuries he received and because he says he was tasered twice in the incident that was reported on the front page of the Herald Express at the time.
He said: "I am glad it is all over and the truth has come out. It was a lot of pressure on me over the last eight months wondering what was going to happen.
"I feel I was treated terribly by the police.
"I was doing as I was told and I was told to leave and I was walking away. I was grabbed, pepper sprayed and tasered twice while I was laid on the ground.
"I think I was unconscious, but I regained consciousness face down on the pavement and I believe the injuries to my face came from when I was pressed on to the floor."
He said he believed police were heavy-handed with him and his son.
The magistrates' records office confirmed all three charges against Mr Lane had been dismissed.
Mr Lane added: "I had just moved to the area and two weeks later I was in the newspaper saying I had punched a policewoman. It marred my character and I don't think it is right. It needs to be put right because it wasn't the case at all.
"Justice has been served now. I was found not guilty on all charges and I am going forward with the police complaints procedure."
He said his complaint was about the way he was treated during his arrest and while he was in police custody.
However, the complaint has not been able to proceed until his case was dealt with. Scenes of crime officers did take photographs of his injuries following the incident.
At the time, police said a female police officer had been left with a black eye after she was allegedly punched in the face by Mr Lane.
They also said he 'violently resisted arrest' and 'thrashed' out with his arms and legs.
Police also said he was tasered during the arrest.
A spokesman from Devon and Cornwall Police said: "The complaint was received in January this year, and was sub judice pending the court case. Now that has been finalised it will be investigated."
After the trial, Mr Lane's defence solicitor Alan Parsons said: "It was very important case to my client because he had no previous convictions or cautions and it was important to him to maintain his good name."
He said the bench heard evidence from eight prosecution witnesses, six of whom were police officers, and two were civilian witnesses.
"All of the police officers were police constables.
"From the time the magistrates went out to consider their verdict at the end of the evidence to the time that they delivered their verdict was 90 minutes.
"Included in that 90 minutes was some 10 or 15 minutes of them being back in court watching a particular section of the video footage and formulating their reasons for the decision and being advised by their court clerk."
Ed Canning, the Crown Prosecution Service reviewing lawyer, said: "As with every case brought to us, we reviewed this in line with the Code for Crown Prosecutors. "We felt there was sufficient evidence for a realistic prospect of conviction.
"However on hearing that evidence, the court decided it was insufficient to convict Mr Lane."