Police officers drove into a stolen car after previous attempts to stop the car failed during its escape through the streets of Reykjavík last night. The police car hit the side of the speeding car, which flipped over and landed off the road. The driver was unharmed.
“It did not matter that police officers put up road blocks and narrowed the road. The car recklessly drove over curbs and roundabouts, through red lights, on sidewalks and into oncoming traffic,” explained chief inspector at the Capital Region Police, Jóhann Karl Thórisson, to Fréttabladid.
Police received a report of a strangely-driven vehicle around 10 pm last night. A police car signaled the driver to stop at Raudavatn lake shortly afterwards. The driver ignored the signal, increased speed into the Árbaer neighborhood, overtaking cars on the wrong side of the road.
In Árbaer, the driver sped at up to 100 kilometers per hour in a 30 kilometer per hour zone. Other drivers had to dodge the car by driving off the side of the road and pedestrians also had to run away to get out of the speeding car’s way
The man then continued speeding towards the Grafarholt district and from there towards Mosfellsbaer, north of Reykjavík, when police officers following the car decided to end its escape by forcing it off the road. The driver was arrested.