A MAN who repeatedly kicked a police officer who was trying to help him has been jailed for three days.
Mitchell John Landry, 23, appeared in the Bendigo Magistrates' Court on Thursday where he pleaded guilty to the assault.
The court heard on June 22 last year, police were called to Landry's Ocean Grove home to conduct a welfare check after he expressed suicidal thoughts.
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When police arrived, they saw Landry walking to his white Mercedes while holding a pair of car keys.
He told police he was going for a drive despite the officers trying to stop him.
The police blocked the driver's side door, telling Landry they would have to restrain him if he did not follow their directions.
Landry instead ran to the passenger's side door, entered the car, and tried to move into the driver's seat.
The officer again tried to stop him but Landry kicked out at the man, hitting him in the midriff.
The officer grabbed Landry and the 23-year-old again kicked out at the man.
The police officer used pepper spray to restrain Landry and remove him from the car. He was given a mental health assessment at his home.
Landry was interviewed about the incident on June 30. He told police he had been reacting after having a panic attack.
Defence lawyer Nicholas Rolfe told the court Landry was clearly "very unwell" on the night of the offending.
Mr Rolfe said the offending happened at the time Landry was facing court for serious charges of defrauding the National Disability Insurance Agency.
The defence lawyer said Landry received a three-year jail term in July after he pleaded guilty to those charges in the County Court.
Mr Rolfe said Landry would be eligible for parole after 16 months in custody.
Magistrate Russell Kelly convicted and sentenced Landry to three days in jail, which would be served concurrently with his current prison term.
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