Man charged with attempted murder of police officers to face trial in fall
A Tallinn man charged with the attempted murder of two police officers is to go on trial in autumn.
Harju County Court set the trial start date for September 28, at a preliminary hearing Monday, BNS reports.
The North District Prosecutor's Office has charged the 25-year-old man with attempted murder on the grounds that he intentionally ran over two police officers during his arrest. He stands charged with a drug-related crime also.
As reported on ERR News the man was taken into custody in February.
The suspect had allegedly been selling drugs at a parking lot on Karberi tänav in Tallinn's Lasnamäe district on Feb 19, when Police and Border Guard Board (PPA) officials approached him after a tip-off, the prosecutor's office says.
Rather than being apprehended with a large volume of narcotics, the accused tried to flee the scene, although he had gotten a visual on the two PPA officers standing in front of his car before driving away.
"Instead of stopping and complying with the police officers' orders, the man drove towards the police officer who was in his field of vision and standing in front of his car, and deliberately ran them over, as a result of which the second police officer who had been standing behind the first officer also fell. The man then continued moving, driving over the police officers and fled the scene," North District Prosecutor Natalia Miilvee said.
Milvee added that the accused must have understood the possible consequences of his actions, justifying the charge of attempted murder when twinned with the fact he was aiming to evade arrest with a large amount of narcotics in his possession.
The accused has a prior record of drug offenses.
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