Tyres shot out after 50-km chase

2015-07-29 10:13
The stolen bakkie on Du Toit Viljoen Road yesterday.

The stolen bakkie on Du Toit Viljoen Road yesterday. (Supplied)

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AFTER a 50-km long high-speed car chase resembling a clip from a Hollywood blockbuster, a hijacker was arrested yesterday in Pietermaritzburg yesterday.

The man hijacked a Hilux bakkie by holding a knife to the throat of the driver in the Harburg area. Officers at the Wartburg police station gave chase and reported at stage driving at more than 180 km/h one the single-lane road down the R56 towards Pietermaritzburg. The stolen vehicle, a white Toyota Hilux bakkie, was spotted entering Pietermaritzburg on Birmingham Road, where members of the K9 unit, the Combined Action Team (CAT) and Mountain Rise police officers were waiting.

The hijacker sped up Bambatha Road, climbing kerbs and narrowly avoiding motorists as he sped towards Northway Mall. A police source who asked not to be named said the hijacker tried to run one of the K9 unit vehicles off the road by trying to swerve into the police vehicle chasing alongside him as they sped down Chota Motala Road.

At the intersection of Willowton and Chota Motala Road, the hijacker rammed into “two or three” vehicles that were waiting at the red robot and shot through the red robot. When he tried again to push the police vehicle off the road, a member of the K9 unit shot out his back tyres, sending the stolen bakkie swerving onto the kerb and crashing over the railings into Du Toit Viljoen Road, which runs underneath the flyover and parallel to the N3.

Police officers swiftly arrested the hijacker who tried to escape on foot. The man is due to appear at the Pietermaritzburg Magistrate’s Court tomorrow.

Ward councillor Rooksana Ahmed witnessed the chase on Chota Motala Road. “He did not know whether to move left or right as there were so many police vehicles giving chase. I am just grateful nobody was seriously injured.”

Pietermaritzburg cluster commander Major-General Lucas Ngobeni congratulated all the officers involved, commending their “swift action”.

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