Road race film leaked as "payback" for police
The organiser of an illegal road race now denies that a police car took part. A film published on the tabloid newspaper Expressen's website had showed a police car pull up alongside another car before both cars power away at high speed.
The officers involved are being investigated by the police and by a prosecutor, but the race organiser now says to tabloid Aftonbladet that he leaked the details to Expressen in order to get revenge at the police for what he sees as past mistreatment from the law.
"I thought, now I've got the chance to mess with them. It was like payback time", he says.
"There was no race. The police asked us to leave the area, and then they drove away... It's not true that the police took part."
The organiser says he did not realise how big a news story it would become, and is now embarrassed and wants to apologise to the police.
Another man who driving the car supposedly filmed racing the police confirms the new story.
"The police weren't there to race, certainly not, they must have been out on some other mission, they were in a real hurry to get away, says Markus Filipiak to Aftonbladet. He says he speeded away from the police simply in order to avoid getting a fine.