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Video captures aftermath of Irish teen and English man's 180km/h chase through Seville

The detainee's Irish companion said he knew the driver through playing video games with him online
Neil Fetherstonhaugh

The aftermath of high-speed crash that saw an English driver and his teenage Irish passenger race through the streets of Seville at up to 180km/h has been captured in a Spanish police video.

The footage shows the wreck of the car being removed from the scene of the smash that took place on Sunday.

The video also shows the moment that one of the suspects is led into a Spanish police station while handcuffed.

Seville Local Police arrested the 21-year old Englishman following the "risky" chase through the city centre.

Reports say the detainee was driving a high-end tourism (vehicle) with 600 horsepower when it crashed and that a local police officer had been injured.

“Around 5pm on Sunday, a local police patrol car detected a high-end tourism (car) that was circulating through the Puerta de la Carne area at high speed, in the direction of the Footbridge,” local reports revealed.

“The young man quickly fled in the direction of Avenida de María Luisa, to take the direction of Paseo de las Delicias.

“Upon arriving at the Jardines del Cristina, he circulated at high speed and was ‘about to run over several people’,” according to sources.

“When leaving Puerta Jerez, he headed towards Paseo Colón where he traveled in the opposite direction towards Torneo avenue, Duquesa Cayetana de Alba roundabout, Concejal Alberto Jiménez Becerril avenue and the Olympic roundabout where he was intercepted by a patrol car as he got caught up in traffic.

“He continued his escape by climbing up the sidewalk between the parked vehicles.

“From the Olympic Glorieta, he circulated along Avenida Juventudes Musicales, where he carried out the ‘most risky’ maneuver, jumping the median and (bursting through) vegetation.”

The car then “returned to the normal direction”, continuing towards the North Urban Round in the direction of Kansas City Avenue.

“It was at the height of Polígono Calonge when he lost control trying to pass vehicles on the right, leaving the road and knocking down traffic lights,” reports add.

“At this point the driver, a 21-year-old Englishman, was arrested, as well as his companion, a 19-year-old Irishman, who has since been released.”

Reports say that after a breathalyser test, the driver was transferred to police units, where he will be detained until he is brought to justice.

The entire chase took place over 10 kilometres through the busy city, reaching over 180kph in some sections.

The detainee's Irish companion said he knew the driver through playing video games with him online, and that they had stayed in Marbella for the weekend.

Local police officers say they have contacted some of the people who had been "in particular danger" during the chase and have not ruled out more coming forward.

It was also revealed that a police agent had been injured during the arrest and was later treated at a health centre for bruises.

Firefighters had to later extract the car from where it has ended up after the crash using a crane.


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