Iranian man detained after fight with police near Taiwan’s Presidential Office

31-year-old former Ph.D. student was running in the middle of the road: police

Ketagalan Boulevard in front of the Presidential Office Building (photo courtesy of Kamakura). (By Wikimedia Commons)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – An Iranian man running in the middle of Ketagalan Boulevard, the wide avenue in front of the Presidential Office Building, was detained after a fight with police trying to stop him, reports said Thursday.

The man, named as Vahid, 31, was first seen running in the fast lane on Xinyi Road, according to the Chinese-language Apple Daily. When a police officer tried to tell him his actions were dangerous, the man reportedly jumped on his car.

When the officer tried to drive Vahid to a nearby police station, the Iranian suddenly leapt out of the car as it was driving past the Taipei Guesthouse and a fight broke out, during which the officer was injured, reports said.

The fight escalated with Vahid headbutting an officer and kicking his colleagues in the face, and in the end it took six police officers to subdue him and carry him away to a bus.

The man reportedly enrolled in a Ph.D. in chemistry program at National Central University in 2014 and last year taught at National Taiwan University, police said, adding he was in the possession of a work permit valid until next March.

There was no information about the motives for his behavior, the Apple Daily noted.