WATCH | Metro cops open fire at reckless Cape Town driver after he skipped a red robot

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  • A video of a reckless driver trying to evade Cape Town metro police has gone viral.
  • The incident took place near Montague Gardens after the driver skipped a red robot.
  • The driver was later arrested after trying to evade police several times.

A man was arrested after making several attempts to evade Cape Town metro police officers near Montague Gardens on Monday. 

In a statement, the executive director for safety and security for the City of Cape Town, Richard Bosman, said the driver was initially flagged down by police for speeding through a red light. 

"He then sped away, but when officers caught up to him and instructed him to exit his car. He refused and they shot at his tyres," said Bosman.

Video footage of the face-off show police firing several rounds of ammunition at the driver's front and rear wheels. 

However, the man was undeterred.

He kept his foot on the accelerator and was able to evade police for a second time. 

Rammed

"He subsequently rammed through parking garage doors and entered a parking garage of a building, where they [police] followed and arrested him." 

Bosman said police officers try to avoid using force when dealing with members of the public, but this incident forced them to be more heavy-handed.  

"The suspect refused to obey a lawful instruction to stop and exit the vehicle, but instead continued in his attempts to resist arrest and evade the officers.

"After he had already caused considerable damage to property and risk to the safety of road users, officers were forced to take immediate action in an attempt to immobilise his vehicle…"

The incident was also reported to the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID). The organisation is an oversight body that monitors police behaviour. 

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