Hitchhiker caught up in roadblock police chase

2015-12-14 10:55
The stolen Toyota Corolla that was driven by the 29-year-old suspect (Photo: Supplied)

The stolen Toyota Corolla that was driven by the 29-year-old suspect (Photo: Supplied)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Durban – Eastern Cape authorities have nabbed a 29-year-old man for allegedly driving a stolen vehicle fitted with fake licence plate and without a disc.

But the suspected car thief did show some heart. With him in the vehicle was a hitchhiker who was innocently enjoying the free ride.

The arrest was made on Sunday by members of the Grahamstown Highway patrol and police.

Police spokesperson Captain Mali Govender on Monday said police were holding a vehicle checkpoint at the Fish River on the N2, when they spotted a blue Toyota Corolla travelling from Grahamstown towards Peddie.

“The vehicle... made a U-turn and sped towards Grahamstown. The members of the highway patrol then chased it and managed to pull the vehicle over a few kilometres away. The licence plates were false and it had no disc on.

“The driver had provided conflicting versions on his acquisition.

Upon searching him Constable Mervin Frans found a gate remote in his wallet and also the original licence disc under his seat. He then used the chassis number to test it for ownership and it was discovered that the vehicle was indeed stolen in Durbanville in the Western Cape on Friday morning.

“The passenger, a hitchhiker who was picked up in Port Elizabeth, was not arrested. The suspect, who resides in Qumbu in the Eastern Cape, faces a charge of possession of suspected stolen motor vehicle.”

The suspect will appear in the Grahamstown Magistrate's Court soon.

Read more on:    port elizabeth  |  crime

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

Inside News24

 
PARTNER CONTENT
INFOGRAPHIC: New thinking required for retirement

Everything we believe about retirement is fast becoming outdated.

PARTNER CONTENT
WATCH: How education can change a life

A university education gives students the chance to create a better future for themselves, their families and to opportunity achieve their dreams.

/News

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.