Last night, the Antwerp police enlisted a cyclist who warned the motorists near an alcohol check. Striking: the man himself had drunk too much to be allowed to drive his bicycle. At another check in Antwerp, a motorist fled and started a pursuit at 190 km per hour, all the way to Turnhout.
Last night, the police held alcohol checks in two places in Antwerp: on Plantin and Moretuslei, and on Noordersingel. 1682 drivers were checked and 2.5% of them had too much to drink, so that is one driver in forty.
In the first part of the night, the Local Police checked Antwerp at the Plantin and Moretuslei, near the Ooststation. There 1,301 cars drove past the checkpoint. 22 drivers were under the influence. After midnight, 381 drivers were checked on Noordersingel, near Park Spoor Oost. Here 21 were caught driving under the influence
The officers saw on the Noordersingel that a cyclist wanted to thwart the action. He drove off the bike lane into the roadway and began warning drivers that an alcohol check was underway. That cyclist was also allowed to blow. He is one of the drivers who took a positive breath test.
Even during the check on the Noordersingel, a driver ignored the police order to stop. Police chased after the driver and chased him down the E313 to the E34. During the chase, speeds of more than 190 km per hour were measured. In the end, with the help of the Turnhout police, the vehicle was able to stop at the Turnhout Centrum exit. The driver was overpowered and arrested, but the passenger was able to flee. Search dogs were conducted in the area for the second person, but to no avail. Both the vehicle and the fleeing driver were transferred to Antwerp for further investigation.
(Source: Nieuwsblad of 2/10/2016)
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