A former Olympian was captured on camera backing away from police officers before launching rounds of punches in their direction in a bid to resist arrest.
Vyacheslav Oliynyk celebrating his Gold medal at the Atlanta 1996 Olympics
This is the unbelievable moment a former Olympic wrestling champion kept seven police officers at bay as they tried to arrest him.
Vyacheslav Oliynyk, who won a gold medal for Ukraine in the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, shrugged off pepper spray and batons as officers attempted to restrain him in Kiev.
The former wrestling champion, who had been celebrating his 50th birthday, was eventually tackled to the ground by police who accused him of drink-driving.
Vyacheslav Oliynyk in confrontation with the police officers
A video of the incident, which was later released by local traffic officials, shows Oliynyk arguing with police officers after they pull him over.
He appears to shove one of the officers, who responds by firing pepper spray in his face.
But instead of calming the former athlete, it appears to send him into a rage and he begins grappling with two officers.
One can be seen striking him with a baton and it isn’t long before Oliynyk is bleeding from his head.
The former Olympian is then seen backing away from the officers before launching round two and throwing a punch in the direction of one of them.
It finally takes seven police officers to tackle Oliynyk to the ground, but even then he continues to fight back and prevents them from putting handcuffs on him.
According to reports, the wrestler eventually calmed down for the sake of his young son who was crying in the car.
Speaking to local media, Oliynyk said: ‘I admit I was partially guilty, I can’t tell you the whole thing. I’m partly guilty because I did not stop and I was ignoring the police.
‘But I am not a criminal. As far as I can see there will be a court hearing and they will punish me somehow because they always do.
‘However the fact that police let me go home on the same day shows I didn’t do anything that bad.’
Vyacheslav Oliynyk finally subdued by the policemen