Action: Film student pursues thief in high-speed car chase around the city

2009-06-18 00:00

A HIGH-SPEED car chase took place in the city yesterday morning as a UKZN film student chased after a suspected criminal who had just tried to break into his car.

“I was editing my film when I noticed this guy who looked like he was trying to steal something from my car,” said Bruce Grobler (21).

“He ran off and got into his car,” he said.

“I decided to chase after him.”

The Hollywood-style high- speed chase went through Ridge Road, down Alan Paton Avenue and up Alexandra Road, said Grobler.

He said he had been on the phone to the police during the chase, but could not give them his whereabouts.

“He was going through red lights as I was chasing him,” Grobler said. “I was yielding when approaching red robots.”

He said a number of police cars eventually joined the chase, which ended in Pentrich Road when the suspect rolled his car three times after hitting the side of the road.

According to Grobler, the suspect got out of his car and ran away from the crash. “He was eventually caught by police who were waiting for him.

“In his car they found a stolen radio. The car didn’t even belong to him,” Grobler added.

He said the police “were fantastic” during the chase and they had dealt with everything.

“You can complain about crime or you can do something about it,” Grobler said. He added that he would be willing to become a police reservist. “It was the most exciting thing I have ever experienced.”

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