Police in Limassol were involved in a dangerous car chase late on Wednesday night after teenager attempted to evade officers because he did not have a driving license.
According to investigators, the incident occurred at around 11.30pm when a vehicle – said to have been driven erratically – refused to stop when flagged down by traffic police in Germasogeia.
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The driver instead sped off prompting two police patrol cars to give chase. According to witnesses, the car hit dangerous speeds through the streets of Germasogeia and, at one point, almost struck pedestrians after racing through a zebra crossing. He also drove into the opposite lane.
Police first fired warning shots into the air before eventually shooting the tyres of the car, subsequently immobilising the vehicle. The chase had lasted around 15 to 20 minutes.
The driver, said to be a 19-year-old man, was then placed under arrest but is also set to be charged with assault after biting the police officer who tried to handcuff him.
A passenger in the car is also under investigation.
Limassol police say he refused to stop because he did not have a driving license. Police also say that the car had the license plate removed with investigators now looking into the possibility that car may have been used or was going to be used in a crime.