WATCH | Metro cops apprehend hijacking suspect after a high-speed chase on Joburg highway

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  • A man was arrested on Tuesday for an alleged hijacking after a high-speed chase with JMPD officers on the N12 highway.
  • Video footage of the incident shows officers trying to stop the vehicle. The suspect eventually steered his car off an embankment and attempted to flee on foot. 
  • The driver was immediately apprehended and taken into custody.

The Johannesburg Metropolitan Police Department's (JMPD) K9 unit un Tuesday recovered a suspected hijacked vehicle after a high-speed chase on the N12 freeway. 

Video footage shows Toyota Fortuner weaving in and out of traffic on the busy highway before the driver loses control of the vehicle and careens down an embankment.

JMPD spokesperson Xolani Fihla said the car was hijacked on Impala Road near the N12 in Protea Glen, Soweto.

Patrolling officers spotted the car with a single occupant. 

"Officers stopped the vehicle, but instead of stopping the driver sped off, driving recklessly and trying to ram the police vehicle off the freeway. Shots were fired and the driver lost control, crashing into a palisade fence of business premises on Boundary Road in Oakdene," Fihla said.

The man tried to make a run for it on foot after crashing the vehicle. Police, however, apprehended him shortly afterwards.

He was arrested and detained at the Moffatview police station for the possession of a hijacked motor vehicle. The car was later booked in at the Aeroton SAPS pound.

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