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Driver targets police in hit-and-run attack

TT/Joel Linde · 2 Jan 2012, 07:21

Published: 02 Jan 2012 07:21 GMT+01:00

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The incident occurred around 2.30am on January 1st as police performed routine checks on passing cars on Storgatan in central Klippan.

The police officer had waved the driver to a halt and was finishing a breathalyzer test on another driver further up the road, the Sydsvenskan daily reported, when suddenly the car accelerated.

As the car headed in the woman officer's direction she tried to leap out of the way.

The driver then allegedly swerved in order to hit the woman in the leg and sent her crashing to the ground on impact.

As the woman hit the frozen surface of the road she sustained a blow to the head, while the driver took off in his car. Luckily, the victim didn't suffer any severe injuries.

Despite the woman not being 100 percent certain that the driver had intended to hit her, the perpetrator is now under suspicion of aggravated assault, alternatively attempted manslaughter, Sydsvenskan reported.

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Police have vehicle descriptions and are currently carrying out an investigation to identify the driver, although no arrest has been made as of yet.

TT/Joel Linde (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

09:15 January 2, 2012 by Grippen
Why the attacker was allowed to escape?

Aren't police office issued guns any longer in Sweden, or they don't know how to shoot?
10:01 January 2, 2012 by StockholmSam

You have never been a police officer, have you? Or trained in the use of firearms?
10:50 January 2, 2012 by Abe L

Never been a police offer but very well trained in the use of firearms, yet I asked myself the same question as Grippen.

Shooting the guy in the head would have been legal self-defense. The least she could have done is pop the backtires.
12:34 January 2, 2012 by KungsholmenGuy
An unfortunate but predictable consequence of a society where criminals are lovingly pampered after their crimes (small fines and short sentences, full of hugs and understanding, with no little or no attention given to the victims) is that there is no longer much fear of committing violent crimes, even if that crime involves trying to kill a police officer with your car.

A recent story of an officer who did shoot at some guy who tried to kill him with his car generated comments about excessive force by the police.

Sweden is truly a violent criminal's paradise. No place treats them better than here.
13:44 January 2, 2012 by RobinHood
@Abe and Grippen

Firstly, shooting the driver of a car that is fast moving towards you is not going to improve your position in any way, and will probably make it worse.

Secondly, shooting the driver of a car that has already passed you by, and is driving away from you is against the law, and is therefore not legitimate police policy.

And finally, the policewoman was unsure if the driver intended to hit her at all, and therefore it would have been extremely inappropriate, and illegal, to shoot him/her in those circumstances.

Now back to the wild west fantasy land with you both.
15:37 January 2, 2012 by J Jack
I think the driver must be suspicious he he he. Dash cam, duhh?
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