A lone policewoman was forced to use her baton to keep a naked man at bay before subduing him in the middle of a busy road in North Point yesterday.
Constable Lai Wing-ka, 25, who has only been with the patrol sub-unit of North Point police station for about 18 months, was on patrol alone at around 9.15am when the incident happened.
Police had received a report that a man was wandering in King's Road, near the junction of North View Street, causing disruption to traffic, but it did not mention he was naked, a police spokesman said.
A video clip that appeared on the Apple Daily website shows the naked man running onto the road, banging on the side of an eastbound tram and trying to board it before Lai arrives.
He then runs across the central divider before Lai stops him in the Wan Chai-bound carriageway. He raises his hands and walks towards her and she uses her baton to make him keep his distance. He crawls and rolls in front of a double-decker bus on the carriageway, then kneels and bows in front of the policewoman and tries to grab her hands.
The stand-off ended when Lai pinned the man to the ground and subdued him. Three of her male colleagues then arrived and took control.
Officers covered the man with a blanket before putting him into an ambulance and sending him to hospital.
Police said an initial investigation indicated the man was 23 years old and, so far, there was no indication to suggest he was under the influence of illegal drugs or alcohol. "We suspect he has psychiatric problems. Doctors will test his mental state in hospital," the officer said.
Lai, who suffered minor injuries to her right knee in the incident, said she had applied what she learned in police college to deal with the incident.
"She was calm when dealing with the man alone. We are proud of her," a senior police officer said.
The man was arrested for assault, but last night no charge had been laid.