Police arrest suspect in eight car hit and run. Was armed with 38 caliber gun
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Police arrest suspect in eight car hit and run. Was armed with 38 caliber gun

38 caliber gun found under the mat in the suspects car. (Police Evidence Photo) 38 caliber gun found under the mat in the suspects car. (Police Evidence Photo)

MIDDLE REGION, Sint Maarten - On Friday July 4th at approximately 08.00 p.m. during a routine patrol in the Middle Region area, a Philipsburg Police patrol saw white Hyundai I-10 with the license-plate 2066AAB and very dark tinted windows drive through the neighborhood.

The patrol decided to control this vehicle. In the vicinity of Statia Drive the driver was stopped. When the officers approached the vehicle they could see the driver behaving quite suspicious. The officers ordered the driver to lower the windows of the vehicle which he did, but the driver suddenly took off at very high speed into Statia Drive almost hitting one of the officers.

A car chase followed, during which the driver of the suspect vehicle drove very carelessly almost hitting several pedestrians on that street. The car chase stopped as Statia Drive street comes to a dead end.

The driver jumped out of the car and took-off running through the nearby bushes. The police officers chased the suspect on foot and shortly after caught-up with him. The suspect resisted heavily against his arrest, but was quickly brought under control. The suspect was taken back where the suspect vehicle was left behind.

During a search of the vehicle a loaded caliber .38 pistol was found under the passenger seat.  The suspect was immediately arrested for the possession of a fire-arm. The vehicle and weapon were confiscated for further investigation.

At the Philipsburg Police Station two police officers recognized the suspect as the same one involved in the police chase on Thursday July 3rd involving a white Nissan Almera with license plate 5180-AAB that hit numerous vehicles during the chase causing a lot of material damage. The suspect with initial L.T. (26) will also be charged and investigated with that case. (Contributed by Sint Maarten Police Force)

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