A 22-year-old man was sentenced Friday, November 20 by the Bordeaux Criminal Court to four years in prison for having struck a police van in Bègles on Wednesday after a refusal to comply, reports France Bleu Gironde. His passenger was released. They were tried for attempted homicide against a person holding public authority.
The facts took place on the night of November 17-18. At the hearing, the man confessed to having drunk a little that evening and not having resisted the temptation to drive a red Porsche, which his friend borrowed from an acquaintance. It is with him that he runs at full speed through the streets of Bègles. The police spot him and follow him.
On seeing the police, he takes the boulevard in the wrong direction. The police decide to block traffic with their van to avoid any accident. The driver rushed into the vehicle, slightly injuring the three police officers on board. The 32-year-old motorist and his 24-year-old passenger were immediately arrested and taken into police custody.
“I wanted to run away”, insisted the individual in court. According to him, he would have had no choice, the van being on his way. He tried to brake, but he couldn’t see the van well. The police said to themselves “appalled by these lies” : “We are not crazy, we are fathers, we want to go home at night.” In its indictment, the prosecution denounced a “explosion of delinquency in Bordeaux” and had required three years in prison.