A motorcycle policeman hit, two arrests and an investigation opened "for aggravated refusal to comply, driving despite invalidation of the driving license, driving under narcotics and violence with a weapon against a person holding public authority".
This is how the chase started by two young men to escape the police ended this Friday at noon in Paris.
As revealed by the Actu 17 site, it all started a few minutes earlier with a refusal to comply.
It is around 11:30 a.m. when police officers on patrol in a car see a Toyota Aygo stopped along the exit ramp from the outer ring road, at Porte d'Asnières (17th century).
The two passengers “seem to have a verbal dispute with the driver of a scooter on their right,” said a police source.
A car that “zigzags in a dangerous way”
The Toyota restarts and follows the two-wheeler in parallel.
The police note that "the discussion between the three individuals seems to escalate causing a hindrance to traffic".
So they decide to check it out.
The scooter driver stops immediately.
But the Toyota accelerates towards the boulevards of the Marshals, crosses the tramway tracks and makes a U-turn towards the ring road, cutting off the road to several other vehicles forced to brake to avoid it.
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The driver of the fleeing car then took the inner ring road between Porte d'Asnières and Porte de Saint-Ouen (17th century).
The police saw the Toyota “zigzagging between other vehicles in a dangerous way and at very high speed despite the heavy traffic”.
The driver exits Porte de Saint-Ouen and begins to take the direction of Paris, driving along Avenue de la Porte de Saint-Ouen.
A police car pulls up.
The Toyota then turns around at full speed to head this time towards Saint-Ouen (Seine-Saint-Denis), grilling a few lights in passing.
She enters rue Lafontaine, a narrow, one-way street in Saint-Ouen, before suddenly turning around.
A biker “hit frontally”
According to the same police source, three police officers on motorcycles barely have time to move away to "nearly avoid it".
A fourth biker "is hit frontally", before being ejected from his motorcycle and falling heavily to the ground.
Slightly injured, he will receive two days of ITT (temporary interruption of work).
A police vehicle finally collides with the Toyota to stop it.
The car got stuck against a post on the median strip of the Avenue de la Porte de Saint-Ouen.
The driver and passenger, both 21 years old, were arrested and taken into custody.
Saliva tests reveal that the driver had consumed narcotics.
He was also driving without a license.
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All our support to our #CSI colleagues who were hit because of a lack of driving license 🤯 today.
We wish them a good recovery & may the 2 arrested be firmly condemned by our justice!
— PN ALLIANCE (@alliancepolice) January 13, 2023
The Paris prosecutor's office specifies that the passenger's police custody has been lifted.
That of the driver has, on the other hand, been extended.
He should be referred this Sunday.
The investigation was entrusted to the police station of the XVIIth arrondissement.