EMBARRASSING video shows a teenager escape the clutches of two burly police officers – one of whom walks after the fleeing suspect.
To make matters even worse, the youth has now gone on social media to taunt police about their failure to arrest him.
And after checking their records for two days, British Transport Police finally admitted they don’t know from their incident log whether their officers ever “caught up with him”.
The fiasco is believed to have been filmed outside a train station in Clyebank, West Dunbartonshire, last Saturday. The 90-second untitled clip has been viewed 100,000 times.
The video starts as the hooded male tries to wrestle free from the two officers and asks: “Right, what have I done?”
An unknown voice from behind the camera repeatedly asks: “What’s he done?”
The apprehended male continues to move around in the road, dragging the two officers with him.
The voice behind the camera says: “We’ve done nothing. You can arrest us all you want, we were sitting here waiting on someone and you’ve started pulling him about. Look at the way you’re treating him.
As he’s being held by the police, he tells a girl to “get this number in your phone rapid,” before reading out his mother’s number and explaining that he wants her to tell his mum that the “police are taking me for f*** all.”
One officer then tells the other lad to “go away with that phone” as he tries to handcuff the boy he’s holding.
However, the boy manages to wriggle free of both officers and runs off up the road whilst the person behind the screen laughs and shouts “some boy”.
Only one of the officers is clearly seen to be running after the man. The other appears to be walking.
The teenager in the footage has a public Facebook page which reveals he has left school and is working at a college in the Glasgow area.
He wrote: “They didn’t catch me. They ended up bouncing in the van to find me but they couldn’t.”
Asked if police turned up at his door, he continued: “No mate. I did f*** all. They told us to move away from the station I said f*** it, i’m off , then that happened.”
Facebook users slammed the actions of the two police officers.
Paul Anthony wrote: “They should have taken him to the ground hard then cuffed him instead of doing the St Bernard’s waltz.”
Liam Pemberton asked: “Were those coppers for real or what?”
Rhianne Pope, National Media Relations Manager for the British Transport Police said: “I’ve found the incident and can see that our officers spoke with a group of young people in relation to public order offences.
“What isn’t clear from the log is whether they caught up with him.”