1 Feb 2009

Boy racers attack police officer

6:05 am on 1 February 2009

Police in Christchurch are investigating an ambush against a police sergeant late on Friday night.

They say he was set on by a gang of 300 youths in Wigram Road and an air rifle was fired at him.

Area commander Malcolm Johnston says the sergeant was responding to a call about boy racers spinning wheels and doing burn outs in the Wigram area.

Commander Johnston says the youths began throwing bottles and then a slug from the air rifle struck his car window, before the officer managed to make his escape.

He says the action was a virtual ambush of the officer by a gang of thugs, who were calling out for the officer to be killed.