A motorist who refused to submit to a check in Seine-et-Marne was caught by the police who got their hands on bags of banknotes worth more than 40,000 euros, AFP learned on Tuesday (November 28th) from the departmental police. The incident occurred around 02:00 a.m. on the night of Saturday to Sunday, during a police check on a man driving a BMW on a departmental road near Sourdun.
The motorist then presents his licence and then suddenly reverses and flees after colliding with a parked vehicle. "The police officers were not injured but slightly shocked," said the Seine-et-Marne departmental police. A crew has time to install a harrow which will lead to a slow puncture of the car.
"A little over 40,000 euros"
After driving more than 10 km in the direction of Aube, the driver abandoned his vehicle and rushed into a wood "with paper bags filled with notes of just over 40,000 euros," the source said. The fugitive also ends up abandoning his bags and the police lose track of him. He was finally found on Sunday around 08:00 a.m. by gendarmes.
The 39-year-old man was arraigned on Monday on charges including refusal to comply, driving under the influence of drugs and money laundering. He was sentenced by the Criminal Court of Melun to two and a half years in prison, of which twelve months were suspended with a warrant of committal. The €40,000 in small bills, the origin of which the motorist was unable to justify, was confiscated.