A 57-year-old man was remanded in custody for eight days on Saturday after he was found with more than 24 kilograms of duty-free tobacco, following a car chase in Limassol, in which police officers shot at the suspect’s car.
After receiving a report of a vehicle carrying tobacco products, for which duty had not been paid, officers spotted the vehicle traveling at high speed on the Nicosia-Limassol highway on Friday afternoon and directed it to sign to stop.
However, the driver ignored their signal, although officers used blue lights and sirens and continued to accelerate and drive recklessly, police said.
The driver entered a residential area of Limassol, violating traffic lights and signals as at one point passed a traffic island and entered the opposite traffic lane.
Then he headed for the Limassol-Nicosia road where the police fired a warning shot in the air.
But the driver did not stop, and police said they pulled the tires, which brought the vehicle to a standstill.
Police said the suspect injured his head while trying to open the door and get out of the car.
He also allegedly verbally insulted the police officers who approached him and resisted his arrest, hitting a police officer in the leg.
During a search of the car, the officers discovered a large quantity of tax-free tobacco, which they handed over to customs officials at the new Limassol port.
The confiscated tobacco consisted of four boxes of six kilos each containing tobacco, a number of boxes each containing 200 packets of cigarettes and several other cartons containing 250-gram packets of tobacco.
The suspect, who was identified as a 57-year-old Limassol resident, was taken to the district general hospital where he was kept for treatment. Officers have been assigned to guard the suspect at the hospital.