A man threatened to kill Gardai and their wives and children when he was stopped for not paying for a meal in a restaurant.
Justin Fleming ate a meal worth €66 with two friends at the Yellow Pepper restaurant in Letterkenny on November 16th last.
The friends left leaving Fleming to pay the bill but he refused.
He pushed a waiter out of the way before telling him he was a dead man and then fled the restaurant.
However, Fleming (aged 44) of Colehill, Newtwoncunningham, was caught by Gardai a short time later close to the restaurant at Lower Main Street, Letterkenny.
Judge Paul Kelly said he found the threats made by Fleming to Gardai about their families very disturbing.
But solicitor for the accused, Mr Donagh Cleary, said his client, who was charged with making off without paying for goods, had no memory of making the threats.
Letterkenny District Court heard today how Fleming, who is originally from Dublin, has 32 previous convictions.
Judge Paul Kelly asked to have a probation and community service report carried out on Fleming and ordered that the restaurant be reimbursed for the €66 it was owed.
The case was adjourned until February 2nd.