A BRITISH man, detained in the cells at the Pilar de la Horadada Guardia Civil station, attacked an officer, after being let out to use the toilet.
The 36 year old had been arrested earlier for the theft of a classic car and detained in custody in the cells underneath the station.
After making a request to the duty officer and being released to use the toilet the man of UK nationality, on his return to the cell, attacked the waiting officer, brutally beating him around the face and neck in a violent unprovoked frenzy.
After being restrained by two fellow Guardia Civil officials, the man was returned to the cell, whilst the injured officer was taken to hospital for treatment.
The incident occurred last Wednesday, when a man called into the Guardia Civil station in Pilar de la Horadada to report the theft of a classic 1970’s Ford Escort from his garage during the previous night.
Whilst the complaint was being processed, a call came in from an acquaintance of the man who said he had seen his car, a distinctive mustard colour, driving through the streets of nearby Orihuela.
A Guardia Civil patrol car was dispatched to the area to search for the stolen vehicle and the man who had perpetrated the theft.
After several hours of searching, arresting officers armed with a physical description of the suspect and his address, located him, detained and transferred him to the Station in Pilar de Horadada.
After being detained in the cells, the arrested man, who had obvious symptoms of being under the effects of alcohol and drugs, asked the agents to go to the toilet.
According to police report, “he went back to the cell when he attacked one of the civil guards,” whom he assaulted “until two of his companions managed to rescue him.”
The detainee, who was under the influence of alcohol and drugs at the time of the incident was subsequently charged with the offences of attempted murder of an officer and vehicle theft of a classic Ford Escort car valued In more than 15,000 euros, which has since been recovered.