Drunk idiot dances on tracks and delays train at Lime Street station.


Darron Booth climbed down onto the tracks, the area between platform 9 and a standing train going to London Euston.

A drunken idiot danced on the tracks of Liverpool Lime Street Station and delayed a train for half an hour.

He danced around with a bag of cocaine.

They said Booth grabbed the ballast – the “stones” under the tracks – and told the officers to stay back before he finally surrendered.

British traffic police said their officers were at the scene of the crime around 8:30 p.m. on July 25 this year because of a domestic incident.

The 35-year-old then “ducked” under the train and tried to avoid the police, who ordered him to get off the tracks.

Booth, of Feathers Drive, Hednesford, Cannock, pleaded guilty to obstructing a railroad car using the train by an unlawful act and to possession of cocaine.

The Liverpool District Court heard that Booth was arrested, who was “intoxicated” and possessed a small bag of cocaine.

Prosecutor Rhys Hughes said when questioned by police, Booth said he did not remember being on the tracks but accepted that he should not have been there.

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Ian Birch, the defence lawyer, said: “It is clear inasmuch as the defendant came to Liverpool with his partner, had a history, was being treated for ADHD, did not take his medication, drank, obviously accepted that he had the cocaine on him, and his behaviour was to avoid the police.

He said Booth had been unemployed because of the coronavirus pandemic, but should resume work next Monday.

Mr. Birch said he had explained to his client that the crime was serious because of the threat to his own safety and that of other railroad users, and suggested that he adjourn so that a report could be made before sentencing.

District Judge Andrew Shaw asked Booth how much he earned, to which he replied: £400 per week, of which he pays £220 in bills. Booth added that he could observe a curfew at home.

“Life may have been disrupted, and if you had thought about it, all kinds of things could have happened, couldn’t they?

The judge decided to enforce the sentence and told Booth: “Obviously there are people there who were waiting for their trains.

Can you help us keep Merseyside under control?

Booth interjected, “I was off the tracks for 30 minutes, that’s how long the train was late, I was there for about five minutes.

“Someone who had to go to a very important meeting of some kind might have missed the meeting, someone might have missed contacting a loved one they wanted to see, and when you’re actually there, dancing around on the tracks, 30 minutes is a really long time”.


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