A NEW York man suffering from a condition called priapism – which causes painful erections that can last for hours – was busted for allegedly trying to steal money from his father to buy painkillers he hoped would grant him relief.

David Miller, 30, was so hard up for drugs that he allegedly broke into dad Tommy’s place on Manhattan’s Upper East Side last month, pulled a knife and snarled, “I want you out, and I want money,”  the New York Post reported yesterday.

His father stood firm, however, calling the police and having him arrested on charges of burglary and attempted robbery, according to court documents.

The elder Mr Miller said his son became addicted to painkillers because of his excruciating erections.

“My son has a very rare disease, he has a priapism, which means he gets an erection that lasts five or six hours, and it’s very painful,” Tommy Miller, 57, said.

“They gave him oxycodone. That’s his problem. He’s addicted to drugs now.”

Mr Miller’s father said his son has suffered for years.

“He’s been sick since he was a little boy. He has an enzyme deficiency,” he said. “I had him arrested. I bailed him out.”

The younger Mr Miller is waiting to be sprung from jail on Rikers Island. Bail was posted at $25,000 bond or $5,000 cash and he was still being held as of yesterday.

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