Teen arrested after Audi driven at police in attempt to kill officer

An 18-year-old man was taken into custody in connection with what detectives are treating as a murder bid.

Teenager arrested after Audi driven at police in attempt to kill officer in Edinburgh iStock

A teenager has been arrested after a car was deliberately driven at motorcycle officers in an alleged attempted murder in Edinburgh.

Police had flagged down a black Audi A1 on Ravenswood Avenue in connection with a suspected road traffic offence at around 4.50pm on Monday, January 9.

When officers tried to engage with the man driving the car, it sped away from the scene towards Walter Scott Avenue forcing one constable to jump out of the way.

Two days later, on Wednesday, January 11, the same Audi was seen by motorcycle officers in the Lindsay Road area of the city at around 4.15pm.

After they signalled it to stop in the Bathfield area, the driver headed directly for the officers, colliding and injuring one, before heading in the Granton direction.

Detectives, who are treating the incident as the attempted murder of the injured police motorcyclist, confirmed on Friday they had arrested an 18-year-old man.

A Police Scotland spokesperson said enquiries were ongoing.

Previously, detective inspector Gordon Couper, from Corstorphine Criminal Investigation Department (CID), said: “Violence against our people is not tolerated and we can be incredibly thankful that none of the officers involved in these two incidents were seriously injured as a result of this individual’s unacceptable and dangerous actions.

“We are appealing for anyone with information to come forward. If you witnessed these incidents, were driving in the areas at the times in question, or believe you’ve seen the vehicle involved, please come forward and contact police on 101, quoting incident 1853 of January 17, 2023.”

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