Cyprus Mail

Drugs suspect at large after high-speed car chase

Larnaca police station

A 20-YEAR-OLD MAN, wanted since Thursday for drug trafficking and reckless driving, is still at large the Cyprus News Agency reported on Saturday.
Police officers, acting on a tip off concerning an impending drug deal along the old Larnaca-Limassol road last Thursday, placed the area near Larnaca under surveillance.
Drug-squad men saw the 20-year-old’s car arriving at the scene shortly before 7 pm, and tried to cut him off, but the suspect fled. Policemen saw him swing his arm out of his car window, as if disposing of something from the car.
According to the police, the 20-year-old drove his car recklessly at very high speed towards Larnaca. The car was next seen in the Kamares area in Larnaca, and police cars again tried but failed to immobilise it.
Dangerous manoeuvring by the suspect during his getaway caused him to crash into a police car, but he was once again able to drive away.
Another police car gave chase, during which a warning shot was fired by pursuing officers.
But the young man continued to drive recklessly at high speed, even driving the car on pavements in a densely populated area. A second discharge of the policemen’s firearm struck one of the suspect’s rear tires, causing a crash with the chase car.
The suspect’s car finally came to rest after hitting the stone wall of a house in Kamares. Following a search of his car, police said no drugs were found.
The suspect managed to get away and appears to have taken refuge at the house of a friend, who took him to hospital. Doctors, not realising he was a wanted man, released him after confirming he had not been injured.
The two policemen involved in the chase car were taken to Larnaca General, where doctors found that one had not been injured, while the other had sustained minor bruising.
Meanwhile, police chief Zacharias Chrysostomou requested a report relating to the incident.
Police spokesman Andreas Angelides said the chief’s request is standard procedure whenever a police gun is fired in the line of duty.

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