Knife wielding driver tries to run over Malaga police

A visibly drunk man tried to run over a police officer in Malaga on Saturday before going on to threaten other officers with a knife.

Knife wielding driver tries to run over Malaga police
The man attacked the off-duty police officers outside a local school in Malaga (seen above) Photo: Karen Bryan/Flicker

The 62-year-old man put up a fight but was eventually detained for drunk driving and resisting arrest, Diario Sur newspaper reported on Wednesday.

The incident took place outside Malaga's Europa College on Saturday night just as a large group of young children were leaving a school party.

Two off-duty police officers saw a clearly drunk man climb into his car. When he tried to put the vehicle into first gear, the officers approached the man and said he shouldn't drive in his condition.

Instead of obeying, however, the driver slapped one of the the officers. He then put the car into gear before allegedly trying to squash the policeman against the wall.

Luckily for the officers involved, the man had failed to release the handbrake.

One of the off-duty agents then tried to lean into the drunken driver's car through and grab the keys. This did not go down well.

The vehicle's owner allegedly said: "I'm going to mess you up". 

He then pulled out a knife and headed towards the police officer who was protecting two small children.

According to police reports, the man then twice tried to stab the agent in the stomach. 

At that moment uniformed back up arrived and one of these police officers took out his weapon to try and stop the aggravated individual. However, the man once again attacked with his knife.

While the man's attention was elsewhere, however, one of the off-duty officers managed to knock the drunken man to the ground.

He was then detained and taken into custody where his blood alcohol level was recorded at 0.89 milligrams, or almost three times the legal limit.

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Spain’s Civil Guard police officers allowed to have visible tattoos

Spain on Monday relaxed its policy banning officers from the country's oldest police force, the Guardia Civil, from exhibiting tattoos.

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The increasing popularity of tattoos has led police forces around the world to regulate their use. Photo: Rafa Rivas/AFP

Officers will now be allowed to display tattoos anywhere on their bodies “as long as they do not contain expressions that violate constitutional values or harm the discipline or image of the force,” the interior minister said in a statement.

“For the first time visible tattoos will be allowed on uniformed officers,” it added.

On the other hand, the decree prohibits hoop earrings, spikes, plugs and other inserts when they are visible in uniform, “except regular earrings, for both male and female personnel”.

The Guardia Civil mainly patrols and investigates crimes in rural areas, while Spain’s National Police focuses on urban areas.

Last year Spain’s leftist government appointed a woman to head the force for the first time in its 177-year history.

The increasing popularity of tattoos has led police forces around the world to regulate their use.

Los Angeles police are required to ensure that tattoos are not visible to the public while on-duty, while France’s Gendarmes police force also requires that they be covered.