The British driver who sparked a high-speed chase from Mijas last Sunday (5 September) was allegedly driving under the influence of drugs. This has been revealed by an analysis carried out on the arrested man, who is 32 years old.
SUR has learned that the man, who was admitted to the Costa del Sol Hospital after losing control of his Audi on the AP-7 motorway while trying to flee from pursuing Guardia Civil officers, has tested positive for cocaine and cannabis.
The incident unfolded late on Sunday afternoon in Mijas when a Guardia Civil patrol stopped the driver of an Audi A4. As the officers got out of their vehicle to identify the driver, he fled the scene – hitting the police car in the process.
According to SUR sources, the driver did several laps around the Riviera area until, finally, he joined the AP-7 motorway, heading in the Marbella direction.
It is estimated that the car reached speeds of more 160 kilometres per hour – and at least three other cars were hit during the pursuit.
The driver pulled off the motorway at an exit, did a U-turn, and rejoined the road heading in the opposite direction, towards Malaga. However, at kilometre 193, the driver lost control of his car.
The man, who apparently was not wearing a belt, suffered injuries when the vehicle crashed into the central reservation, and he was transferred to the Costa del Sol Hospital.
According to SUR sources, the arrested individual has a police record.