By Oisin Sweeney •
Published: 06 Dec 2020 • 7:09
TWO CIVIL GUARD officers were seriously injured on Friday night, 6th of December, after a high-speed car chase ended with a major collision in Cadiz province.
The officers began their evening on duty in La Line de Concepcion, a city bordering Gibraltar currently experiencing a level level of drug crime. They became suspicious of an all-terrain vehicle, which was later alleged to have been transporting hashish. When they attempted to approach the vehicle, the driver drove away at full speed.
The officers chased the vehicle at 170km per hour along the winding Higueron road before continuing onto the motorway. The chase ended 25 km later in the sleepy small town of San Martin del Tesorillo, roughly halfway between Gibraltar and Estepona. The pursued driver drove into the wall of a church, causing the police to ram into the back of his vehicle.
Although the suspected drug trafficker was uninjured, both officers received serious injuries including a double fractured arm and multiple contusions. The suspect was arrested on the scene while officers were rushed to the hospital. Residents of the small town are reportedly in shock over the incident, with the case also highlighting the brazen culture of some drug criminals in the Campo de Gibraltar area.
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Oisin is an Irish writer based in Seville, the sunny capital of Andalucia. After starting his working life as a bookseller, he moved into journalism and cut his teeth as a reporter at one of Ireland's biggest news websites. Since joining Euro Weekly News in November, he has enjoyed covering the latest stories from Seville, Spain and further afield - with special interests in crime, cybersecurity, and European politics. Anyone who can pronounce his name first try gets a free cerveza...
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