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Drugged teenager in high speed Munich chase

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Drugged teenager in high speed Munich chase
Photo: DPA
10:59 CEST+02:00
Police in Munich reported on Monday that they had caught a 16-year-old who raced through the city at up to four times the speed limit, on drugs, in a car with stolen number plates – and without a valid driver's license.

At 7:30pm on Sunday, an officer following the Opel in a patrol car signalled the boy driving to stop, after noticing some of his three passengers hadn't fastened their seat belts.

But rather than pull over, the spooked teenager hit the accelerator and escaped through the Münchner Freiheit bus station.

It is not yet clear whether the youths were more worried about being caught in a car without insurance, in possession of cannabis, using number plates stolen from another vehicle around six weeks before, or about driving a car that had been bought without their parents' knowledge.

After racing towards the English Gardens at 80 km/h in a 30 zone, the boy swerved suddenly to the right, forcing a police driver in pursuit to brake suddenly, lose control and crash into bollards.

The teenagers' circuit of the park brought them up against a police car which officers had placed across the street as a barricade on Tivolistraße – but the driver simply rammed the vehicle out of the way and continued his flight into Oettingenstraße at between 100 and 120 km/h.

Police were finally able to catch up on Prinzregentenstraße, largely because the boy's car was so badly damaged after another collision with a van that it couldn't be driven any further.

His attempts to flee on foot came to nothing as police quickly rounded him up, slightly injuring his wrist and knee in the process. Officers said he appeared to be under the influence of drugs and took a blood test.

Fortunately no-one was hurt in the chaotic pursuit, but the young driver did cause around €10,000 worth of damage.

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