Man arrested after police chase

POSTED: 07/8/14 2:48 AM

St. Maarten – A man was arrested last Friday after a police chase in Middle Region. He is believed to be the same suspect that escaped police custody after another high speed car chase the day before, police said. At the Philipsburg police station two police officers recognized the suspect as the same one involved in the police chase last Thursday involving a white Nissan Almera that hit numerous vehicles during the chase causing a lot of material damage.

At approximately 8 pm during a routine patrol in the Middle Region area, a police patrol saw white Hyundai i10 with the license plate 2066 AAB and very dark tinted windows drive through the neighborhood. The patrol decided to control this vehicle. In the vicinity of Statia Drive the driver was stopped. When the officers approached the vehicle they could see the driver behaving suspiciously. The officers ordered the driver to lower the windows of the vehicle, which he did, but then suddenly took off at high speed into Statia Drive, almost hitting one of the officers.

A car chase followed, during which the driver drove carelessly and recklessly, almost hitting several pedestrians on the street. The car chase stopped because Statia Drive comes to a dead end. The driver jumped out of the car and took off running through the nearby bushes. The police officers chased the suspect on foot and shortly after caught up with him. The suspect, however, resisted heavily against his arrest, but was quickly brought under control.

He was then taken back where the car was left behind. During a search a loaded .38 caliber semi-automatic pistol was found under the passenger seat.  The suspect was immediately arrested for the possession of a fire arm. The vehicle and weapon were confiscated for further investigation. The suspect with initial L.T. (26) will also be charged and investigated with that case.



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