Escapees recaptured after hijacking clinic vehicle and crashing it in high-speed chase

JUNE 12, 2017
Escapees recaptured after hijacking clinic vehicle and crashing it in high-speed chase

A navy blue Toyota Avanza that was hijacked at Empilweni Clinic in Buffalo Flats area by three armed suspects was recovered over the weekend following a high-speed police chase that ended in a crash.

"The vehicle was spotted while travelling along Settlersway. Information was circulated by radio control and the East London K9 Unit, the King William's Town K9 Unit and East London Flying Squad pursued the vehicle," East London police said.

"The suspects lost control of the vehicle and collided with a towtruck.

"Three male suspects, between the ages of 32 and 36, were arrested."

Two of the suspects were identified as those, who escaped from the Zwelitsha Magistrate's Court after apparently overpowering a guard in May.

"One 9mm Norinco pistol and R5 ammunition rounds were recovered," police said.

"A case of hijacking and possession of unlicenced firearm and ammunition has been opened.

"The suspects will appear in court soon."

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