Police officers detain the individual after the high-speed chase. / Guardia Civil

Accomplice of Cártama acid attack suspect arrested after 200km/h police chase

The 46-year-old man from Estepona was the subject of an arrest warrant, issued by a Malaga court

ÁLVARO FRÍAS / JUAN CANO

Guardia Civil officers have arrested a man accused of helping cover-up for 'El melillero' after the Cártama acid attack on his ex-girlfriend and a friend of hers in January of this year. According to the police the man was detained after a long, high-speed chase that finally ended in Badajoz.

The individual was originally stopped at a routine police checkpoint in Cáceres. But, apparently, after identifying himself with a false Belgian driving licence, he tried to flee in his vehicle at high speed.

After a one-hour pursuit the vehicle was eventually stopped on the A-66, near the town of Aljucén (Badajoz). The driver, the sole occupant of the vehicle was arrested by the Guardia Civil.

Officers verified that both the driver's licence, as well as a Belgian national identity card that he also carried, were fake. When searching his vehicle, the police found a passport that did correspond to the true identity of the suspect. He is a 46-year-old man from Estepona, who was subject to an arrest warrant, issued by a Malaga court, for his alleged involvement as a cover-up in the Cártama attack, in which two young women were seriously injured after being doused with acid while sat in their car.

Police charged the man with a variety of serious road traffic offences, in addition to attacking an officer, falsification of documentation and refusal to submit to drug and alcohol tests. He is being held in custody in Cáceres awaiting court proceedings.