Two youths, one of whom is a member of the Guyana Police Force, were lucky to escape unhurt when ranks on a mobile patrol unit opened fire on them during a high speed chase around 20:45 hours last night.
The duo took the police on a hair-raising chase that began at Middle Road, La Penitence and ended in front of a house in Republic Park, East Bank Demerara.
Reports reaching this newspaper stated that the police spotted the two men in a white Toyota Premio motorcar acting suspiciously and when they were about to challenge them, the car sped away.
Several other patrol units responded to a request for back-up, but the car eluded them all, and despite the car being struck by at least two bullets from the police’s high-powered rifles, the men did not stop.
They made it to the Republic Park house where they fled the car and ran inside with the police in hot pursuit.
The two men were eventually brought out from the house and began giving the ranks who had converged on the scene, several conflicting explanations as to why they did not stop.
One of the men told this newspaper that he drove away because he thought that the occupants of the vehicle that was trailing them had come to seize his car, since he was in arrears with his payment for the vehicle. This is despite the police using their siren throughout the chase.
Police did not buy his explanation since they believe that the men had something to hide, hence their desperation to get away from the patrol unit.
A subsequent search of the Republic Park house and its surroundings, however, failed to come up with anything incriminating.
The men were nevertheless detained.
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