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Coronavirus curfew chase on the Costa del Sol ends in a 'Kamikaze' crash

National Police. File photograph.
National Police. File photograph. / SUR
  • The police pursuit of a Seat León began in Puerto Banús and ended in Mijas when it smashed into a tree

A late-night, high-speed, 30-kilometre police chase, which began on the motorway near Puerto Banús, finally ended when the pursued vehicle, travelling on the wrong side of the road through Mijas, smashed into a tree.

The events happened at around 11.30pm on 21 April when National Police officers in an unmarked car spotted a Seat León in which two men, both 29 and of Northwest African origin, were travelling, according to SUR sources.

With the night curfew in operation, the police activated their vehicle’s siren and lights to signal the Seat León to stop. However, instead, the suspects accelerated away and fled.

A chase that covered more than 30 kilometres began, during which the vehicle reached more than 150 kilometres per hour as well as making constant lane changes and driving recklessly, endangering the lives of other drivers, until the accident occurred.

After the vehicle left the motorway at the Calahonda tollbooth the suspects crashed through the barrier and continued their escape. At one point, the vehicle drove on the wrong side of the road. It was in an attempt to avoid a van coming in the opposite direction that the suspects lost control of the car and smashed into a tree.

After trying to escape on foot, both were eventually arrested. According to sources, one of them had to be transferred to hospital after suffering several fractures in the car smash. Three National Police officers were also treated for minor injuries.

An investigation has been opened to clarify the reason why the detainees fled. Sources say that no drugs or other prohibited substances were found inside the car.