By Tara Rippin •
Published: 26 Apr 2020 • 14:07
THE 36-year-old was driving along the A-44 in Granada on March 19 when he came across a routine State of Alarm police check.
But rather than stopping, he sped off in a “reckless and dangerous manner,” forcing a traffic officer to move out of the way to avoid being run over.
Police jumped into a patrol car and chased the suspect, who reportedly stopped briefly on the hard shoulder to let a child out, and made off at “a crazy speed.”
This bought him a little time as officers immediately went to the aid of the child, left alone on the motorway, while the father pulled off in the direction of the town of Peligros.
The Traffic Offences Investigation Group of the Granada Guardia Civil managed to identify the suspect and his address, returning his son to the family home.
But they were then forced to spend weeks watching the man’s house every day until he returned and they were able to arrest him.
Sources confirmed he did a runner, leaving the child on the motorway, to avoid being fined for breaching confinement restrictions and because he doesn’t have a driver’s licence.
The Guardia Civil has also reported the 36-year-old for “abandonment of his minor child” to the Grenada Juvenile Prosecutor’s Office.
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Tara Rippin is a reporter for Spain’s largest English-speaking newspaper, Euro Weekly News, and is responsible for the Costa Blanca region.
She has been in journalism for more than 20 years, having worked for local newspapers in the Midlands, UK, before relocating to Spain in 1990.
Since arriving, the mother-of-one has made her home on the Costa Blanca, while spending 18 months at the EWN head office in Fuengirola on the Costa del Sol.
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