30 minute police chase ends in shots fired
National Police arrested a man of about 30 years of age, on Sunday, after a 30 minute chase half way across Gran Canaria, that began in Vecindario and ended up in the capital Las Palmas, in an area known as El Polvorín.
Several shots were fired into the air and into the tires of the vehicle driven by the suspect, who was allegedly thought to have been banned from driving. Several agents of the Guardia Civil and the National Police were reportedly injured, trying to stop the man’s attempt to escape.
The incident began shortly after four am on Sunday morning when an armed patrol spotted the car making dangerous maneuvers in one of the streets of Vecindario on the south east of the island. Guardia Civil tried to pull the car, an Opel Astra, over for inspection; however, the driver ignored the indications and began to flee; even attempting to run over one of the agents trying to stop him, according to informed sources.
After traveling the wrong way through several one way streets in the municipality of Santa Lucía de Tirajana, the driver joined the main GC-1 highway travelling north. Several units of the Guardia Civil and the Traffico department of the Command of Las Palmas, joined the chase, and followed the fleeing suspect closely at a “very high” speed, said sources. The driver followed the GC-1 all the way to the Avenida Marítima in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, where he was guided toward the exit for the street Bravo Murillo, where several patrols of the National Police were waiting, and who managed to intercept him in the neighborhood of El Polvorín, where he collided with one of the police vehicles. Agents fired more than a dozen shots to the air and at the wheels of the vehicle when the driver allegedly tried to run over several policemen.
The fugitive, allegedly, did not stop for the Guardia Civil because his driver’s license had been withdrawn, according to police sources.
Source: La Provincia