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Two arrested after dramatic police chase that began in Grahamstown ends in crash in East London

BY YOLANDA PALEZWENI - JULY 11, 2017
Two arrested after dramatic police chase that began in Grahamstown ends in crash in East London

Two suspected house robbers, believed to be in their late twenties, are expected in court later this week after they were arrested following a high-speed police chase that started in Grahamstown and ended in a crash on the R72, near Kidds Beach, in East London, on Monday afternoon.

According to the police, integrated coordination by several Clusters within the SAPS, Traffic Officials and Security Services led to the arrest of two suspects.

It is alleged that at about 14:45, on Monday, a local security manager from Grahamstown alerted the SAPS that they were following a vehicle on the N2 Highway from Grahamstown towards Peddie.

“The occupants, three males were allegedly involved in a house robbery at Grahamstown and the vehicle was circulated through several emergency channels,” said police spokesperson, Captain Mali Govender.

She added that officials from Peddie, Port Alfred, East London and King Williams’s Town responded, setting up roadblocks, vehicle check points and vigorously patrolled their routes.

However, information was received that the vehicle turned off the N2 towards Hamburg on the R72 at Peddie.

“Still in pursuit, the new model vehicle entered the R72 and turned towards East London. Their chase ended when the driver lost control and overturned the vehicle near Kidds Beach,” said Captain Govender.

She added that two of the three suspects were arrested as they attempted to flee whilst the third suspect fled the scene.

The suspects will appear in the Grahamstown Magistrate’s Court later this week facing several charges including house robbery, malicious damage to property and reckless and negligent driving.