Dramatic highway chase after man kidnaps child

2015-06-11 11:35
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Johannesburg - Dramatic scenes that resembled something from an action movie played out on Wednesday morning on the N1 outside Bloemfontein when traffic officers raced after a man who had allegedly kidnapped a child.

The 25-year-old man damaged about three cars in his wild getaway attempt, Netwerk24 reported.

Hillary Mophethe, spokesperson for the department of police, roads and transport, said the man attempted to kidnap three children - a boy and two girls - at about 07:30.

He offered the children - the oldest of whom was 15-years-old - a lift in his Kia Picanto, but they turned him down. Two of the children managed to get away, but the third, an 8-year-old girl, was kidnapped.

The suspect then fled with the girl in the car, leading to a high speed chase with the traffic officers.

According to Mophethe, provincial traffic officials were preparing a roadblock when a female officer heard the cries of the child that the man had taken.

High speed chase

"Other officers tried blocking the path of the suspect’s car," said Mophethe.

"Our officers tried to get the man off the road but he crashed into the traffic officials' vehicles.

"One of his tyres got a puncture and this helped the officers to stop him.

"The man was handcuffed and the child taken to a supervisor."

The child was not injured, she said.

But then the handcuffed man jumped into a car while officers were talking with the supervisor and tried to make a run for it, again.

Another chase ensued but it wasn’t long before he was again stopped.

'Who knows what would have happened'

Mophethe said when the traffic officers tried to detain him, he refused to open the car door and they had to break a window to get the door to open.

"Were it not for that woman officer... who knows what would have happened to the child.

"We are proud of our officers. We are thankful the man didn’t cause an accident and that nobody was injured."

The man was moved to the Glen police station after being treated at Pelonomi hospital for his bullet wound.

The man will appear in court on Friday over charges of kidnapping, malicious damage to property and reckless and negligent driving.

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