Drag racer, passengers arrested after gunfight with traffic cops

2016-12-03 22:09
A drag racer and four passengers have been arrested after opening fire on members of the City of Cape Town's Ghost Squad. (Supplied)

A drag racer and four passengers have been arrested after opening fire on members of the City of Cape Town's Ghost Squad. (Supplied)

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Cape Town - A drag racer and four passengers were arrested after shots were fired at members of the City of Cape Town’s Ghost Squad after a high speed chase through Athlone on Friday night.

The officers spotted the blue Open Astra at 23:15 during an operation on Klipfontein, a known hotspot for illegal racing.

Traffic services spokesperson Maxine Jordaan said the car’s headlights were off and officers attempted to stop the car.

The driver refused to pull over and a high speed chase ensued.

“The suspects were pursued through Klipfontein Road, Calendula Road, Ruby Road, through Seventh Avenue until they eventually drove into a dead end in Eighth Avenue. The suspect tried to take evasive action and reversed into the oncoming patrol car in an attempt to evade capture,” she said.

“Both vehicles came to a halt on impact. The left rear passenger in the Opel Astra then fired multiple shots at the officers from their car.”

The bullets struck the left passenger door of the Ghost Squad members’ car.

“The officers then jumped out of their immobilised vehicle, drew their firearms and retaliated.  No persons were injured during the exchange of fire.

“The driver of the vehicle and its four occupants ran on foot and tried to evade capture. The officers arrested the four men, but the female suspect escaped on foot.”

Two guns - including a pellet gun - were recovered.

The men face numerous charges including attempted murder and resisting arrest.

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