Mauritius: Arrested after 85km police chase

A van driver in his thirties was arrested from the Vemodasi Reserve area in Hot-Maris after a more than 85-kilometer police chase that began in Shavinigan early Friday.

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Due to his erratic driving, Sûreté du Québec patrol officers tried to contact the pick-up driver at around 1.45am, after he had stopped at the corner of the Ru Kignok and Boulevard des Hedres.

In the eyes of the police, the suspect departed at high speed, thus stopping the police chase, which lasted more than an hour, with rapid attacks, while the road was slippery and visually impaired.

The patrol vehicle suffered minor damage after its van got stuck in the middle of the Saint-Maurice Wildlife Sanctuary, before the driver took Route 555, Route 155, and headed into the snow-covered woods.

He was arrested at the scene along with two other people on board, a woman in her mid-twenties and an elderly man in his forties.

A spokesman for SQ said the suspect’s driver’s license was granted for defect points.

He could be charged with driving a car and driving a dangerous vehicle.

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