Sus­pect jumps off bridge, dies

Weekend Post (South Africa) - - NEWS - Shaun Gill­ham gill­hams@ti­soblack­star.co.za

PO­LICE yes­ter­day ar­rested three ve­hi­cle theft sus­pects and an­other plunged to his death, dur­ing a dra­matic ear­ly­morn­ing car chase in Port El­iz­a­beth.

Port El­iz­a­beth po­lice spokes­woman Cap­tain San­dra Janse van Rens­burg said good team­work be­tween mem­bers of the fly­ing squad, K9 dog unit and Al­goa Park policemen had re­sulted in the ar­rest of the sus­pects, aged be­tween 22 and 31, and the re­cov­ery of a ve­hi­cle stolen in New Brighton.

The in­ci­dent took place at about 1am.

“Mem­bers from these units were fol­low­ing up on in­for­ma­tion in the Cen­tral area, when one of the mem­bers no­ticed a Toy­ota Corolla.

“As they at­tempted to stop the ve­hi­cle with blue lights, [it] started speed­ing away.

“Dur­ing a high-speed chase the driver of the ve­hi­cle at­tempted on sev­eral oc­ca­sions to force one of the fly­ing squad ve­hi­cles off the road,” she said.

“Dur­ing the chase, shots were fired at the po­lice of­fi­cers chas­ing them.

“De­spite the road be­ing blocked by the po­lice, the ve­hi­cle still man­aged to speed down Rus­sell Road and en­tered the free­way fac­ing into on­com­ing traf­fic.

“The driver lost con­trol of the ve­hi­cle and col­lided with the bar­rier.

“When the ve­hi­cle came to a stand­still three males and one fe­male jumped out of the car and started run­ning across the busy road.

“The driver of the ve­hi­cle at­tempted to evade ar­rest by jump­ing from the bridge, which re­sulted in his death when he fell from the el­e­vated free­way down to the road be­low,” Janse van Rens­burg said.

“One sus­pect, aged 23, was chased and ar­rested and taken to Liv­ing­stone Hospi­tal due to in­juries sus­tained.

“An­other male sus­pect, aged 31, and a fe­male sus­pect, aged 22, were also ar­rested.”

She said the sus­pects were fac­ing charges in­clud­ing the pos­ses­sion of a sus­pected stolen ve­hi­cle, reck­less and neg­li­gent driv­ing and at­tempted murder, while an in­quest docket had been opened around the death of the driver.

“It was later con­firmed that one of the sus­pects was wanted in Kwaza­khele on a charge of il­le­gally pos­sess­ing a firearm, while the Toy­ota Corolla had been re­ported as stolen in New Brighton ear­lier this month,” she said.

The firearm used by one of the sus­pects dur­ing the chase was not re­cov­ered.

The sus­pects are ex­pected to ap­pear in the Port El­iz­a­beth Mag­is­trate’s Court on Mon­day. week­end@ti­soblack­star.co.za PRINTED AND DIS­TRIB­UTED BY PRESSREADER

FORCED STOP: One sus­pect died and three oth­ers were ar­rested fol­low­ing a high-speed car chase with po­lice in Port El­iz­a­beth in the early hours of yes­ter­day

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