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Man charged after trying to run over police officer

Limassol court

A 42-year-old man who was charged with attempted murder on Wednesday after trying to run over a female police officer with his car in Limassol, was remanded on Thursday for five days.

The man was initially charged with reckless behaviour, public insults and threats and negligent driving, but police decided to add the attempted murder charge after assessing the seriousness of the offence.

The incident occurred after police pulled the 42-year-old driver over in Ilioupolis street at around 10.30am and fined him for not wearing a seatbelt. The man tore up the fine in front of the police officer and left the scene, only to return a few minutes later in a different vehicle, a van with which he attempted to run her over.

The officer had to run to the other side of the road to avoid the van, which missed her by about a metre.

Before he sped off, the driver allegedly told her she was lucky not to have been hit and urged her to stay put so that he could have another go.

After he was told that he would be investigated for attempted murder, the suspect reportedly denied that he had tried to hit the officer with his car, and said he had hit the brakes trying to avoid her, as she was standing in the middle of the street.

Police are looking for a person who was a co-passenger in the van when the incident occurred. They are also examining footage from surveillance cameras in the area.

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