High-speed car chase ends in shots, arrests

2016-01-19 06:00
Two suspects were arrested on Weltevrede Road on Thursday morning after a high-speed chase that had started in Claremont. The police’s K9 unit chased after the suspects driving a white Polo reported as carjacked.

Two suspects were arrested on Weltevrede Road on Thursday morning after a high-speed chase that had started in Claremont. The police’s K9 unit chased after the suspects driving a white Polo reported as carjacked.

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On Friday shortly after 07:30 a cops-and-robbers scene played out on Weltevrede Road when the K9 police unit gave chase after a stolen white Volkswagen Polo car.

Two suspects were arrested after a high-speed chase which had started in Claremont.

Philippi police spokesperson Lieutenant Lance Goliath says members of the K9 unit went after a white Polo which had been reported as carjacked in Claremont.

“Police spotted the car in Claremont and in the attempt to stop the car the driver of the car sped off, resulting in a high-speed chase through the streets of Claremont, then through Grassy Park into the Philippi rural area,” Goliath explains.

Reinforcements from the K9 unit joined the high-speed chase in an attempt to stop the car speeding down Weltevrede Road, he says.

“Speeding down Weltevrede Road the driver pointed a firearm at the members of the K9 unit, who responded with gunfire, which led the driver to stop. No-one was injured and no-one sustained any gunshot wounds,” Goliath says.

However, the Volkswagen car the suspects drove was riddled with bullets – mainly on the left side of the car, he adds.

A 29-year-old man and a 19-year-old woman, both from Heideveld, were arrested.

Police are investigating a case of carjacking, pointing of a firearm and the possession of stolen property after the suspects were arrested.

Goliath says more criminal charges are expected to be added.

The suspects were due to appear in the Wynberg Magistrates’ Court yesterday on charges relating to carjacking, pointing a firearm and the possession of stolen property.

A resident in the Philippi rural area who did not want to be named says she is satisfied with the arrests of the suspects.

“My neighbour, who is also a farmer, had a robbery a few weeks ago and when this arrest was made he recalled that one of the suspects who was arrested looked like the person who had robbed him at his home.

“He said the car they were nabbed in was the same car that was used in the robbery at his home as well, because he remembered distinct marks on the car,” she says.

The woman adds that the suspects were caught with stolen cables as well. However, this could not be confirmed.

Police station commander Colonel Dennis Abels says police will continue to clamp down on crime and the perpetrators thereof.

He adds police will maintain their zero-tolerance approach in the combatting and investigation of crime. He commended Captain Hein van Niekerk of the K9 unit and his team for a job well done.

Anyone with information on crime can call the police on 021 690 1500 or Crime Stop on 0860 010 111. All information will be treated as highly confidential.

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