Obsessed Carl Ennis changed his name to Jack Bauer and slashed a taxi driver’s neck in a bizarre planned attack.
Ennis, who adopted the name of TV’s 24 anti-hero five years ago, donned a balaclava and padded vest before asking his girlfriend if she’d still love him if he hurt someone.
He then attacked cabbie David Pearson as he drove him in Gateshead.
Newcastle Crown Court heard how the 26-year-old, who is of previous good character, told the taxi driver he was on his way to a fancy dress party.
But as he was being driven Bauer pulled out a flick knife and pressed it against Mr Pearson’s neck.
Judge John Milford described it as “extraordinary” as he sent Bauer to jail for 16 months.
Bauer, from South Shields, had been drinking heavily before the incident, in the early hours of November 30.
Following a night out, he got out of bed shortly after midnight. And when his girlfriend went to see where he was, she found him dressed in combat gear in the lounge, holding a weapon.
Michael Bunch, prosecuting, explained: “He left the house and it would appear he took with him an extendable baton which had been by the bed and a flick knife.”
Bauer’s partner was so concerned about him she called the police. But Bauer had already left the home and got into Mr Pearson’s taxi, which he had booked.
Mr Pearson noticed Bauer was slipping down in his seat, the court heard. And then as he slowed to approach a set of lights the driver suddenly felt a sharp object pushed against his neck.
“He immediately pulled away and grabbed the defendant’s arm,” said Mr Bunch. “He said his heart was pounding and he was petrified.”
Mr Pearson jumped out and called the police.
Bauer was arrested soon after and pleaded guilty to assault occasioning actual bodily harm and possessing an offensive weapon. He was remanded in custody and the case was sent to Crown Court.
Judge Milford sentenced him to eight months for each offence to run consecutively.