A police officer suffered injuries when hit by a car by a group of youngsters in Elliðaárdalur valley in Reykjavík on Monday night. The police officer was called to the valley when a resident requested assistance from the police when the group threw rocks at him outside his home in the valley.
Archive photo by Páll Stefánsson.
The resident asked the eight young men and teenagers to stop harassing the wild rabbits which live in the valley when they started throwing rocks at him. He escaped unharmed and called the police, visir.is reports.
When the police arrived to the scene, one of the assailants tried to escape by car. One of the officers managed to open the driver’s door and tried to reason with the 17-year-old behind the wheel.
The driver then reversed and hit the gas, resulting in the police officer’s foot becoming jammed underneath the open door and causing an ankle injury.
The police officer resorted to using defensive spray and managed to overpower the teen. Shortly afterwards a 16-year-old was arrested at the scene.
The police officer was taken to the ER along with the young driver, who suffered superficial wounds during the arrest. He was subsequently taken to prison and was questioned today. The police consider the incident to be serious.
The injured police officer has gone on sick leave.