Cyprus Mail

Police fire shots to stop runaway car

During a dramatic arrest police fired shots and a police officer was attacked in Limassol late on Wednesday night.

At around 11.30pm police officers on patrol spotted a car without number plates which was moving dangerously.

When they signalled the driver to stop he tried to speed away, swerving into the opposite lane and onto the pavement, failing to stop at a pedestrian crossing where people were attempting to cross the road.

To stop the vehicle, members of the police force initially fired warning shots into the air without success.

They then fired two shots at the rear tyres and immobilised the car.

The driver, a 19-year-old resident of Limassol, pushed a police officer who approached the car and tried to escape, allegedly biting his hand before he was arrested.

In the car two car registration plates, an 11-centimetre knife, various tools and a box containing disposable gloves were found.

The driver did not have a driving licence and the car was not registered.

A second person, 24, who was in the car was taken to the police station in Limassol where he was questioned.

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