Drunken church minister hits police and paramedics after being thrown out of Billericay pub

Death threats – Pentecostal minister Lee Stephens outside court on Friday

Death threats – Pentecostal minister Lee Stephens outside court on Friday

First published in Local News Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

DRUNKEN church minister crashed his car before attacking police and paramedics – telling them he was a member of the IRA and would murder them.

Lee Stephens, 31, collided head-on with a family’s Ford C-Max car in Billericay, leaving a father and his children, aged five and six, in hospital.

Stephens, who was three times the legal drink drive limit, then punched a paramedic, spat at a police officer and attacked a female paramedic while she tried to treat him.

The chaos continued at Basildon Hospital where Stephens – originally from Ireland butnow in Essex, working at a Pentecostal church in Billericay – told police he had contacts in the IRA and theywould “blow them up”.

He then made an abusive comment about a police officer.

Basildon magistrates sentenced Stephens, of Ballyloughan Road Richhill, Armagh, Northern Ireland, to 16 weeks in prison, suspended for 12 months on Friday.

The court heard the trouble started after Stephens was thrown out the Forge Pub, in The Pantiles, Billericay.

He crashed his car in to a lamp post in Queens Park Avenue , then smashed head-on into the family’s car.

The court was told he was arrested by an off-duty police officer. A breath test then showed he had 108 microgrammes of alcohol in his breath per 100ml.

The legal limit is 35 microgrammes.

When ambulance crews arrived to treat Stephens and the injured family he became aggressive and swore, before punching Sgt Mark Ammon twice in the leg.

He then spat at another officer and punched paramedic Gary Harvey in the kidneys.

Stephens told them: “I am a pastor.

Let me go or you will lose your jobs. I will kill everyone. I know the IRA.”

Sam Doyle, prosecuting, told the court the children involved in the crash suffered whiplash injuries.

The incident had left them scared to get into a car and fearful they might die.

Stephens admitted assaulting a police officer, common assault, failing to provide a specimen of blood and using threatening words and behaviour.

He was ordered to pay his victims a total of £250 compensation Stephens told the court he had been on antidepressants as a result of stress at work and did not usually drink.

He added he did not remember anything about the incident and was deeply ashamed.

Chairman of the bench, Balbira Bal, told him: “Emergency service staff try to help the public and should be given respect and consideration.”

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1:21pm Mon 4 Aug 14

Friendly Fire says...

So he punched a policeman 2 times, spat on another, punched a paramedic in the kidneys, 3 times the drink drive limit, smashed his car injuring 3 people, and made threats to kill. Yet still didn't get sent to prison!
So he punched a policeman 2 times, spat on another, punched a paramedic in the kidneys, 3 times the drink drive limit, smashed his car injuring 3 people, and made threats to kill. Yet still didn't get sent to prison! Friendly Fire
  • Score: 33

1:40pm Mon 4 Aug 14

Stamper2 says...

I must go to one of his church services.......Presu
me this is how the Church is now trying to increase congregations.
I must go to one of his church services.......Presu me this is how the Church is now trying to increase congregations. Stamper2
  • Score: 5

1:41pm Mon 4 Aug 14

Stamper2 says...

I must go to one his church services - sounds like he is trying to 'reach out' to his congregation!
I must go to one his church services - sounds like he is trying to 'reach out' to his congregation! Stamper2
  • Score: 3

1:42pm Mon 4 Aug 14

Stamper2 says...

Its all part of the Holy War
Its all part of the Holy War Stamper2
  • Score: 3

1:53pm Mon 4 Aug 14

Jack222 says...

Religious happy-clappy at its finest...

Atheism is best!
Religious happy-clappy at its finest... Atheism is best! Jack222
  • Score: 6

2:06pm Mon 4 Aug 14

supermadmax says...

This just gives a green light to anyone who wants to copy his antics.

Although this story could have been massively exaggerated and the version the magistrates heard was massively watered down.
This just gives a green light to anyone who wants to copy his antics. Although this story could have been massively exaggerated and the version the magistrates heard was massively watered down. supermadmax
  • Score: 4

2:06pm Mon 4 Aug 14

Controversial1 says...

What would Dot Cotton say!?
What would Dot Cotton say!? Controversial1
  • Score: 4

2:36pm Mon 4 Aug 14

pembury53 says...

"I will kill everyone. I know the IRA.” another hilarious story to brighten up a Monday ! fantastic !
"I will kill everyone. I know the IRA.” another hilarious story to brighten up a Monday ! fantastic ! pembury53
  • Score: 0

2:43pm Mon 4 Aug 14

Robin Reliant says...

Sounds more like Father Jack Hackett...Feck, Drink,A$re Girls.


"Sam Doyle, prosecuting"....Mrs Doyles Son perhaps...Ohh Go On Go On Go On.

It genuinely does sounds like he can not take his drink and it all sounds like a person that don't drink, but a more severe punishment should have been the order of the day.

2 good storys today, Pants down in the chippy and now this one.
Sounds more like Father Jack Hackett...Feck, Drink,A$re Girls. "Sam Doyle, prosecuting"....Mrs Doyles Son perhaps...Ohh Go On Go On Go On. It genuinely does sounds like he can not take his drink and it all sounds like a person that don't drink, but a more severe punishment should have been the order of the day. 2 good storys today, Pants down in the chippy and now this one. Robin Reliant
  • Score: 5

3:25pm Mon 4 Aug 14

John Right says...

He made an error, but now is square with the Lord.
He made an error, but now is square with the Lord. John Right
  • Score: -1

5:49pm Mon 4 Aug 14

depotman says...

what a joke such a weak judge no b-lls but hayho it does not effect the judge so it does not matter that he nearly killed some people then attacked the people that where trying to help him and the people he injured
what a joke such a weak judge no b-lls but hayho it does not effect the judge so it does not matter that he nearly killed some people then attacked the people that where trying to help him and the people he injured depotman
  • Score: 7

5:50pm Mon 4 Aug 14

depotman says...

depotman wrote:
what a joke such a weak judge no b-lls but hayho it does not effect the judge so it does not matter that he nearly killed some people then attacked the people that where trying to help him and the people he injured
should have been charged with attempted murder
[quote][p][bold]depotman[/bold] wrote: what a joke such a weak judge no b-lls but hayho it does not effect the judge so it does not matter that he nearly killed some people then attacked the people that where trying to help him and the people he injured[/p][/quote]should have been charged with attempted murder depotman
  • Score: 6

5:51pm Mon 4 Aug 14

depotman says...

should have been charged with attempted murder
should have been charged with attempted murder depotman
  • Score: 5

6:06pm Mon 4 Aug 14

The King of Southend says...

What a lightweight.
What a lightweight. The King of Southend
  • Score: 3

8:06pm Mon 4 Aug 14

Friendly Fire says...

I must point out, from that picture, he looks like Frankie Boyle.
I must point out, from that picture, he looks like Frankie Boyle. Friendly Fire
  • Score: 3

3:56pm Wed 6 Aug 14

clare999 says...

supermadmax wrote:
This just gives a green light to anyone who wants to copy his antics.

Although this story could have been massively exaggerated and the version the magistrates heard was massively watered down.
Nope MadMax, I can safely say that it is not an exaggeration! Read the Brentwood Gazette - it has more accurate details. I hope you are wrong about the green light to others :-/
[quote][p][bold]supermadmax[/bold] wrote: This just gives a green light to anyone who wants to copy his antics. Although this story could have been massively exaggerated and the version the magistrates heard was massively watered down.[/p][/quote]Nope MadMax, I can safely say that it is not an exaggeration! Read the Brentwood Gazette - it has more accurate details. I hope you are wrong about the green light to others :-/ clare999
  • Score: 0

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