The officer was injured and had to be treated on site by ambulance personnel. The Belgian national was checked by police on Wednesday morning at the exit of the A76 in Spaubeek. Officers smelled cannabis and found hemp in the vehicle. The man was then arrested.
The Belgian, however, managed to escape on foot, resulting in a short chase in which the suspect and one of the officers found themselves in the bushes at the bottom of the slope. Despite the use of pepper spray, the suspect did not surrender. He punched the officer in the face several times with his fists. The officer eventually managed to handcuff the man, who was then taken away.