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Gibraltar - Spanish national charged after Police officer seriously injured during suspected drugs chase
Gibraltar – 6th June 2015 - A Royal Gibraltar Police motorcycle rider sustained fractures to his leg, among other injuries after being involved in a high speed vehicle chase through the streets in Gibraltar during the early hours of Monday morning.
The driver of the vehicle in question, a 29 year-old Spanish national from La Linea driving a Gibraltar registered Mercedes has since been charged.
The chase was in relation to a suspected drug smuggling run intercepted by the Royal Gibraltar Police maritime section.
Police responded to reports of a suspected maritime drugs chase which eventually led to a land chase starting on the east side of the Rock. During the chase the suspect vehicle was involved in a high speed chase through the main thoroughfares in Gibraltar, heading south bound. The vehicle eventually collided against a boundary wall at the bottom of Europa Road junction with Boyd Street some 2.5kms away from the originating point of the start of the chase.
A further two officers, one of which was a trainee police officer, sustained minor injuries during the subsequent arrest. The trainee was allegedly assaulted by the defendant, a Spanish national as he was being arrested. Whilst the other officer sustained minor injuries when one of the police vehicles involved in the chase rolled down the hill, unmanned, colliding with an oncoming police van arriving at the scene.
The driver of the suspect vehicle in question, a 29 year-old Spanish national, J.E.T., from La Linea, Cadiz Spain, driving a Gibraltar registered Mercedes has since been charged and will appear in court tomorrow. A police spokesman has confirmed that charges include resisting police, obstruction of police, assault on police, possession of cannabis resin (0.7grms), one count of driving without a valid insurance, two counts of failing to stop and two counts of dangerous driving.
No further drugs were found in the Mercedes. The investigation continues to remain open according to informed sources . No arrest were made at sea with the suspect vessel entering Gibraltar waters having fled the area. Cross border and Strait links to the suspected drug trafficking activity are being followed by the authorities.