Abalone bust

ca Abalone Abalone Clipping Police officers at the scene in Parkwood Estate where a car chase ended with the recovery of a large haul of abalone

A car chase for several kilometres from the N2 to Parkwood Estate near Grassy Park ended when two abalone poachers were arrested by police.

The poachers tried to escape on foot after their red VW Polo hit a picket fence, damaging the vehicle’s front axle.

At about 7am members of the police flying squad on patrol on the N2 freeway near Khayelitsha spotted a “suspicious” red car, said police spokesman Warrant Officer November Filander.

“As the SAPS members approached the vehicle, the driver sped off in the direction of Baden Powell Drive,” he added.

The high-speed chase through several suburbs ended when the suspects failed to negotiate the corner between Blackbird and Acacia roads in Parkwood Estate.

The car crashed into the pavement, destroying a white picket fence and the car’s front axle in the process.

Unable to drive the damaged vehicle, two suspects jumped out of the car and fled from police.

Police found nine bags of abalone in the vehicle and both men were arrested for possession of abalone as well as reckless and negligent driving.

“They will appear in a magistrate's court as soon as they are charged.”

l At the weekend three poachers were arrested after being caught with more than 30 000 units of abalone in Voëlklip. Acting on a tip-off, police pulled over the suspects who were travelling to Hermanus.


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