A terminally ill university lecturer who was arrested after using a speed camera as part of his bucket list has been cleared of any criminal wrongdoing.
Darrell Meekcom, 55, was arrested by several officers in his back garden after he exposed his bottom to a mobile speed camera near his home in Kidderminster last November.
The father of two, who has multiple system atrophy (MSA), was originally arrested on suspicion of indecent exposure and dangerous driving before being released on bail.
Footage of the incident showed Meekcom being curled up in his back garden and arrested last November.
He said at the time he was “stunned” by the “stubborn” response and accused West Mercia Police of “outrageous bullying”.
Registered nurse Meekcom was released on bail after the arrest and says he was interviewed under caution in January 2022.
He was subsequently charged with engaging in threatening behavior likely to incite harassment, alarm or fear and obstructing a police officer in the performance of his duty.
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But during his trial in Redditch Magistrates’ Court, Meekcom, who pleaded not guilty, was acquitted of obstructing a police officer in the performance of his duty.
The bench’s chairman, Judge Charles Townsend, said: “We note that at no point during the more than hour-long incident did you cooperate with police or report any health issues to police until you were brought to the ground.
“We believe the police acted lawfully on Friday 5th November in arresting you.
“However, given the serious health issues you are facing, clenching your hands the way you did was justified given the potential consequences of having your hands placed behind your back.”
Townsend found Meekcom not guilty of resisting arrest and told Meekcom his defense of self-defense was “accepted”.
Two other charges he faced for threatening behavior that could lead to harassment, alarm or distress were dismissed by prosecutors.
After the trial, Meekcom accused West Mercia Police of “changing the charge three times”, adding: “If you’re uncomfortable, you don’t want that.
“Maybe I shouldn’t have done it anyway, but when you die you think about things differently.”
West Mercia Police confirmed they had received a complaint which is being forwarded to their Professional Standards Unit for review.
A police spokesman said: “We respect the magistrate’s decision in this case.
“We can also confirm that we have received a complaint in relation to this case and now that the court proceedings are complete, this is being reviewed by our professional standards department.”
Meekcom, who lives with wife Sarah, 36, and their two daughters, previously shared how he was stunned when cops showed up outside their home.
He had dropped his trousers at a mobile speed camera van on Stourbridge Road in Kidderminster while his wife bought bread from a nearby Tesco Express.