Norway man attacks police with angle grinder

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The Norwegian police car showing the damage done by the man's frenzied attack. Photo: Norwegian Police
14:24 CEST+02:00
A man has been jailed in Norway for going berserk at a police car with an angle grinder after he was stopped for suspected criminal offences.

When police tried to stop the man in April this year in his car, he sped off at 140km/hr, forcing police to give chase for 15 minutes until a second police car blocked a bridge ahead of him. 

The man didn't give himself up. Instead, he leapt out of the car branding his fists, calling out,"Hit me, hit me, come get me," one of the policemen involved in the chase told a court.  

He then launched a frenzied attack on the police car that had pursued him, battering it first with plumbers' pliers and then with an angle grinder, which he used to smash the police car's windscreen. 

It took the police twelve minutes to subdue him. 

"The person was acting out a lot so the police had to use tear gas and pepper spray to arrest him,"  an officer on duty told the local Smaalenenes Avis newspaper in April. 

During his attack, the man claimed that he had dynamite in the car, which turned out to be untrue. Instead police found a Beretta pistol under the seat. 

"He is charged with being in possession of weapons without permission, a number of traffic misdemeanors, attempted violence against officials, missing a  driver’s license, and we also found a small amount of marijuana in the car," one of the local police said in April. 

The man was this week given a nine-month jail sentence for 44 minor crimes, including driving without a licence.

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