Two ‘Guardsmen’ killed in ‘murky’ Police chase – Interior ministry orders probe into incident

Image from social media shows the body of one of two men strewn on the road after they died when their pickup flipped over early yesterday amid a police chase

Image from social media shows the body of one of two men strewn on the road after they died when their pickup flipped over early yesterday amid a police chase

KUWAIT: The interior ministry yesterday ordered a probe into a police chase that led to the death of two men after their car overturned while speeding away from police patrols. The interior ministry said the incident took place at dawn yesterday when the vehicle carrying a Gulf license plate defied orders by police to stop in Mubarak Al-Kabeer.

The ministry said in a statement that the vehicle did not have a rear number plate, which aroused police suspicion, especially after the driver refused to stop and sped away. It said the vehicle refused orders to stop, drove at a very high speed, jumped a number of red traffic lights and was also driving on the wrong side of the roads.

The chase resulted in a police patrol colliding into a lamppost in Sabah Al-Salem, severely wounding two police officers, who had to be hospitalized. This prompted police to call for reinforcements, said the statement, adding that as the driver drove off at a very high speed, the car overturned and the two passengers died. Sources said the vehicle, a black pick-up, had a Qatari number plate and the driver did not have a driving license, and this was the reason why he tried to flee.

Interior Ministry Undersecretary Gen Sulaiman Al-Fahd however vowed that based on the outcome of the probe, the ministry will take necessary measures against those responsible regardless of their rank, if proved guilty. The ministry said it will publish the results of the investigation.

The interior ministry’s statement did not provide any further details, but unconfirmed reports said the two victims were Kuwaiti citizens and members of the National Guard. The reports also alleged that the victims’ vehicle was rammed by a police car, which caused the pickup to flip over and led to the death of the passengers and the policemen being injured. The reports claimed an eyewitness said policemen did not call an ambulance immediately; rather they tried to hide the patrol car, but one of the policemen had suffered a fracture and had to go to hospital.

The eyewitness later went to Adan Hospital to visit his sick brother, but found police surrounding the hospital, fearing relatives of the deceased may come to take revenge. The eyewitness said paramedics arrived half an hour later and found both the guardsmen dead, so they left the bodies there until the coroner arrived at 4 am. The eyewitness claimed an Iranian was in the patrol car during the chase and was also injured and taken to hospital. He was supposed to be taken to testify at 4 am, but was not brought in until 8 am

By Staff Reporters


This article was published on 30/08/2015