Cops in high speed chase

Three men were arrested after a high-speed car chase in Bellville where shots were fired.

Police had set a trap using a “bait car”, and, just after midnight on Thursday December 7, the trap sprang shut.

Bellville police spokeswoman Warrant Officer Henrietta van Niekerk said a police task team had used surveillance equipment in the stolen bait car to track it to Bishop Lavis.

As officers closed in, a high speed chase ensued from Bellville South to Bellville, and the suspects fired several shots at the police.

Police arrested them after they lost control of the vehicle, which hit a palisade fence in Bellville. A gun was also recovered. The men, aged from 25 to 29, face charges of vehicle theft, attempted murder, possession of an unlicensed firearm and ammunition and reckless and negligent driving.

Warrant Officer Van Niekerk said the task team had recently started the “bait car” project, where a vehicle is parked in an area and monitored until it is stolen.

The suspects are then arrested and follow-up investigations take place to see if they are linked to other crimes.