ARREST MADE AFTER SHORT CAR CHASE AND FIREARM DISCOVERY
On December 18th, 2023, at approximately 4:15 PM, the Sint Maarten Police Force apprehended an individual following a brief car chase on Nisbeth Road. The police patrol attempted to stop a white Chevrolet Spark in connection with a traffic offense. The driver, failing to comply with the officers' request, accelerated at high speed toward the stoplights and turned right onto A.Th. Illidge Road.
Recognizing the potential danger posed by the high-speed pursuit amidst the traffic, the patrol decided to terminate the car chase near the IBP office on A.Th. Illidge Road. Shortly thereafter, officers observed the vehicle slowing down, with the passenger hastily exiting and initiating a foot chase. The officers successfully apprehended the male suspect a few hundred meters down the road. During the pursuit, the suspect attempted to discard a shoulder bag.
Upon retrieval of the bag, officers discovered a firearm inside it, prompting an immediate arrest of the suspect identified as P.L.P.L. He was subsequently transported to the Police Station and is currently in custody for questioning.
Detectives are currently pursuing leads to locate and apprehend the driver who managed to evade capture in the vehicle.
The Sint Maarten Police Force commends its officers for their quick action in addressing this potentially hazardous situation. The discovery of a firearm in the suspect's possession underscores the importance of maintaining public safety and the relentless efforts of law enforcement in preventing criminal activities.