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Hijacking suspects arrested after high speed chase

GQEBERHA - In a joint endeavour, SAPS Kwazakele Vispol Task Team (VTT) and Gqeberha Flying Squad members arrested three suspected hijackers within 30 minutes after allegedly hijacking an e-hailing driver in Kuyga last night, 25 May 2022.

It is alleged that at about 18:30, the 44-year-old complainant responded to a call-out and while driving with the three occupants in Missionvale Road in Kuyga, one of the males produced a firearm and assaulted the driver over his head. He robbed him of his belongings and his green Renault Kwid.

At about 19:00, while members were patrolling the borders of Kwazakhele precinct in search of the vehicle, they spotted a green Renault Kwid driving recklessly on the R75 Uitenhage Road. Attempts to pull off the vehicle proved futile as the driver ignored all warnings to stop and sped off at high speed. A chase ensued and the vehicle disregarded several traffic lights and as they drove over a traffic circle at Moduka Street, they crashed into a white Toyota Tazz and overturned.

The three occupants made a dash to escape but were swiftly apprehended by SAPS Kwazakhele VTT and Flying Squad. The damaged vehicle was impounded for further investigation. A replica firearm and the complainant’s cellphone was found in the car.

The suspects aged 22, 26 and 35 years old were detained on charges of possession of a hijacked vehicle as well as reckless and negligent driving.

They are expected to appear in court soon.

Source: South African Police Service

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