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Man who fled accident scene arrested in Paphos

An elderly man was hit while crossing the road

An 18-year-old man from Paphos who had fled some two weeks ago leaving his car and co-passenger behind after crashing into a police vehicle, was arrested Tuesday night.

The man was located in an apartment in Chlorakas. In his possession officers found a small quantity of drug, they said.

The suspect had refused to stop during a routine traffic check on September 12 and fled after crashing his car into a police vehicle, leaving his 24-year-old female passenger behind.

Police had said that when the traffic police signalled a car to pull over, the driver turned off his  lights instead and sped off crashing initially into a metal fence and then into a police car, causing his vehicle to be immobilised.

He then ran away, while his 24-year-old co-passenger remained in the car.  During a search of the vehicle, an air gun was found and a metal box containing pellets. The 24-year-old was arrested, while police were searching for the whereabouts of the driver.

From the collision a police officer was injured in the incident and was taken to the Paphos general hospital where he was discharged after having being treated.

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