Abu Dhabi, UAEThursday 27 February 2020

Motorist gets six months jail for jumping 12 red lights in high-speed police chase

The man drove at more than 160kph, nearly causing five accidents

Traffic on Al Ittihad road in Sharjah. Jeff Topping / The National
Traffic on Al Ittihad road in Sharjah. Jeff Topping / The National

A motorist was sentenced to six months in jail for speeding and jumping more than a dozen red lights as he tried to outrun police in Sharjah.

Driving at more than 160kph, the Emirati motorist was arrested after a high-speed car chase that involved 10 police patrol vehicles. He also nearly caused five accidents as he tried to avoid arrest.

The Sharjah criminal court convicted the man on several counts including speeding, jumping red lights, reckless driving, endangering the lives of others and resisting arrest.

The co-passenger was acquitted of aiding and abetting the crime.

The incident happened in November last year.

A policeman first spotted the driver as he jumped a red light in Sharjah Industrial Area 2 and informed the authorities.

“They reported a speeding Prado heading towards Sharjah and being chased by a civilian car from Ajman Police’s criminal investigation department,” a Sharjah policeman told the judges.

“The car was going at more than 160kph and, while chasing it, the driver nearly caused three crashes and two run-over accidents.”

“Road construction prevented the other patrols from keeping up and caused the man to ram his car into the pavement. At that point I managed to come in front of his car.”

The policeman shot out the car’s back tyres, bringing it to a stop, and the motorist was arrested

Updated: January 22, 2020 03:29 PM

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