Car thief caught

Costa Levante News - - NEWS -

Gan­dia po­lice have ar­rested a 32-year-old Spa­niard who broke into three parked ve­hi­cles be­fore flee­ing in a car he had stolen about 600 kilo­me­tres away.

He was seen by a res­i­dent as he forced the lock of a parked car and, when of­fi­cers got there, they saw him driv­ing around with his lights off.

He switched them on when he re­alised he had been spot­ted and fled at great speed, driv­ing along pave­ments and forc­ing other cars to brake and swerve.

In at­tempt­ing an il­le­gal Uturn on a main road, he crashed into the cen­tral reser­va­tion, dumped the car and took off on foot.

Po­lice caught up with him on a grass verge, and one of­fi­cer was in­jured in the ' ex­tremely vi­o­lent' strug­gle that en­sued, the force reveals.

They found out the get­away car had been stolen in the city of Sala­manca, half­way be­tween Madrid and the Por­tuguese border, even though the thief is a lo­cal man.

The ac­cused has an ex­ten­sive crim­i­nal record, po­lice say.

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