A suspected drunk driver has been captured on video eating a police form given to him by a Russian traffic cop before attempting to escape from the patrol car.
The driver was pulled over by the police near the city of Irkutsk in southern Russia after they received reports of a motorist violating numerous traffic regulations, including driving on the wrong side of the road and cutting off other vehicles.
Police said officers noticed the motorist appeared to be heavily intoxicated and then discovered his driver's licence had expired more than 10 years ago.
The man allegedly refused to undergo an alcohol test, and swore and insulted the police officers as they drew up the paperwork.
In the video dated June 4, 2021, the officer is seen sitting alongside the man in the car and patiently endures the accused drunk driver's outburst.
The cop was then shocked when he handed the paperwork to the man for him to sign, only to have it ripped free by the suspect who then tried to eat it.
The officer tries to stop him, but the man breaks free and opens the door of the patrol car, leaping out in a bid to escape.
Another policeman, who was in the back of the car, managed to get out and arrest him before putting him back in the vehicle, this time in handcuffs.
Once the man was arrested the two officers took him to a nearby police station where he was allowed to sober up overnight, but remained in custody as the investigation continued.
The suspect, a 48-year-old resident from the town of Zima, was charged with operating a vehicle without a licence and refusing to undergo an alcohol test.
He has been placed in administrative detention for 10 days.
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