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Police flee muck spreader attack

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  • Man pulled over by German police for driving his tractor without a licence
  • The 53-year-old rammed three patrol cars with tractor, using muck spreader
  • The farmer drove into a forest and eluded the police for seven hours
  • He was finally found in a barn on his farm, and will now face charges
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BERLIN, Germany (Reuters) -- A German farmer angry with police for trying to confiscate his tractor wrecked three patrol cars and evaded capture for seven hours before an elite unit managed to arrest him, a police spokesman said on Wednesday.

The farmer, 53, was pulled over by police for driving his tractor without a licence, despite several previous warnings.

The officers called in three patrol cars for help before asking the farmer to get out of his vehicle.

He refused, and proceeded to ram the cars with his tractor, making full use of its attached muck spreader and hydraulic fork. Officers were only just able to scramble out of harm's way.

The farmer then drove into a forest, where he eluded a manhunt involving two helicopters and an armored car for seven hours.

He was finally found by an elite police team in a barn on his farm in Lauterbach, in central Germany.

"In the countryside we're used to people going at police with muck spreaders, but this was something else," a police spokesman said.

The farmer faces charges of assault and resisting police. E-mail to a friend E-mail to a friend

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