Driver caughtafter brief chase

2018-01-30 06:01

Two Mitchell’s Plain men thought they had escaped the long arm of the law when they fled following a short car chase.

Metro Police officers on patrol in Woodlands on Thursday 18 January saw a white Honda spinning its wheels at an intersection. As they approached the car, the driver sped off and the officers gave chase.

The driver drove into a cul-de-sac where he and his passenger jumped out of the car, locked it and ran away.

Officers spotted a replica firearm on the driver’s seat and waited for the suspects to return. The suspects returned some time later, and both were arrested for possession of an imitation firearm. The driver faces an additional charge of reckless and negligent driving.

“We’ve had numerous cases where apparent run-of-the-mill traffic transgressions result in staff unearthing more serious crimes,” says Mayco member for safety, security and social services, JP Smith.

“These recent successes by our Metro Police Department are a timely reminder. There’s often criticism about vehicle checkpoints or roadblocks or why our staff are policing minor traffic infractions and not tackling real crime. The response is that criminals are not static but move around, and this is but one way of slamming the brakes on crime.”

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