Two British men, both 27, have been arrested after the car in which they were riding ploughed into pedestrians and other vehicles in Puerto Banús on Sunday evening, leaving ten people injured.
The incident is believed to have started as a result of a fight in the well-known Ocean Club beach club. On being asked to leave the establishment, the pair got into an Audi and embarked on a destructive journey towards the A-7 motorway.
The car passed down the pedestrianised Avenida Lola Flores, running over three people - at least one of which was involved in the fight - before accelerating at speed down the N-340.
An unmarked car driven by Guardia Civil officers then attempted to stop the car, but the driver ignored the sirens and instead tried to ram the vehicle.
Once the car reached the area close to the Hotel Coral Beach, almost three kilometres away, the driver decided to plough into oncoming traffic on the wrong side of the road, colliding with four cars, before heading in the right direction once more, colliding with another two before the Guardia Civil were able to bring their pursuit to a close.
Two minors, including a 15-month-old baby, were travelling in the struck cars but escaped unhurt.
The men have been detained and both tested positive for drugs and alcohol. One of them, believed to be the driver, had taken cocaine while the other had taken cannabis. The investigation is ongoing to determine with certainty who was the driver at the time with conflicting witness statements and confusion over the Audi A7, which as a British-registered car has the driver on the right-hand side and not the left.
The mayor of Marbella, José Bernal, attended the scene and confirmed that this was not a terrorist incident - as was first feared. He also stressed that this was an isolated incident in an otherwise very safe town.