A MAN chopped his left thumb off with an axe at an Asturias police station after being arrested for drunk driving.
The man is making a habit of self-mutilation as a form of protest as he also reportedly cut off a finger at Aviles Town Hall a few years ago.
Policemen said that the 50-year-old man was caught driving under the influence on Avenida San Agustin and taken to the police station, while his vehicle was impounded.
While the paperwork was being done, the man told policemen that when it was done and they let him leave he was going to ‘give them a finger.’
Moments after his release, the businessman returned to the Local Police station in a different vehicle, which he left parked in a restricted area.
Policemen were able to see him waving his thumb-less left hand through the glass doors, and saw an axe on the ground next to him.
Although an ambulance was called, the man refused assistance and walked off.
This was the second time the man is known to have cut off a finger in protest. In October 2011, police were alerted to the presence of a man with an axe at Aviles Town Hall.
Although he seemed quite calm, the man had just chopped off the index finger of his left hand.
The businessman stated that he had done so because a councillor had refused to see him and he wanted to complain about delays in re-opening of his business premises.
Policemen had to collect the finger from the reception desk and put it on ice before taking the man and his missing digit to hospital.