Stolen car burst into flames after cliff plunge

2015-09-09 11:49
The remains of the Mini Cooper after it had crashed and burned. (Jeff Wicks, News24)

The remains of the Mini Cooper after it had crashed and burned. (Jeff Wicks, News24)

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Durban - Police are looking for three men who had brushes with the law - and with death - after crashing their stolen car off a cliff in Folweni late on Tuesday night.

The Mini Cooper Clubman S, stolen during a test drive in Isipingo, flew off the steep drop and cleared trees and bushes before landing nose down and bursting into flames.

Police Search and Rescue officers and members of the community combed the area, with no sign of the joyriding suspects.

Police spokesperson Major Thulani Zwane said a man had advertised the car on an online sales platform when he was approached by three prospective buyers.

“The complainant had advertised his vehicle on Gumtree and had a response from an interested customer. He took the vehicle for the client to have a test drive when he was accosted by three suspects,” he said.

“At gunpoint the suspects robbed him of his vehicle and drove to the Folweni area. No arrests have yet been made,” Zwane added.

A vehicle tracking company is understood to have followed the signal and while trying to trace the car, spotted it on the road ahead.

Without even knowing they were being pursued, the suspects drove the high performance car to its brink before losing control on a bend and pushing over the edge of the sheer drop.

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