A 22-year-old man was arrested by Spain´s National Police after enjoying a wild joyride through Almeria centre, reports from February 6 confirm.
Between 12am and 1pm on Saturday, police at the Provincial Headquarters of Almeria received several complaints about a white all-terrain vehicle travelling down the Avenida Cabo de Gata at twice the legal speed limit.
Witnesses claimed that the young man was driving a Mitsubishi Crossover, seemingly with the intention of knocking down all in his path and with “total disregard” for the lives of others.
During his high-speed dash, the driver hit two vehicles on the road and up to 10 that were parked at the roadside. The string of collisions did little to slow the alleged speed-demon, however, as he continued his crusade before smashing into a bus and then turning into a different road, leading to the University campus.
Some eyewitnesses say the driver appeared to turn his sights to running over two pedestrians, but was deterred by National and Local police patrol cars giving chase from behind.
Despite the authorities hot on his heels, shortly before his capture he was seen to veer into a bike lane and deliberately took out three cyclists using it. Thankfully, all three cyclists had no serious injuries but one had to be looked over at Torrecardenas Hospital.
At the end of his high-speed circuit, the cocky driver alighted from his vehicle to take a selfie of himself giving the victory sign. Then, as the police descended, the driver made a dash for the nearby beach and ran into the sea, before lashing out at two officers who waded in behind him.
On his arrest, the accused told officers that he had been simulating some moves from Grand Theft Auto 5. Tests revealed the man was acting under the influence of both alcohol and drugs.