Cape Police officers found an ambulance vehicle that had been stolen from an accident site Saturday night.
The stolen Community Medics response vehicle was parked with its lights on to warn motorists of a vehicle that had rolled over . landed on the roof, obstructing traffic.
A man found at the scene and treated by paramedics was allegedly behind the theft of the emergency vehicle.
< p>Community Medics said paramedics examined the man at the scene and he was then questioned by police.
“Immediately after questioning, in response to the response, he jumped a vehicle and fled from the scene while the paramedic was still at the rear of the vehicle stopping oncoming traffic.
“Law enforcement and armed personnel at the scene immediately gave chase. After a high-speed chase, the vehicle was recovered with minor damage and all equipment recovered intact,” Community Medics said.
Previously, TimesLIVE reported how the newly organized Law Enforcement Advancement Plan (Leap) Response Unit helped apprehend the alleged thief.
The unit said it was mi t were on crime-prevention duties on Prince George Drive in Steenberg when they received an emergency radio call at around 10:30 p.m. that the vehicle in Table View had been stolen.
Officials from Leap found a vehicle that matched the description and was traveling at high speed.
The officers gave chase, caught up with the vehicle and blocked it in Muizenberg.
“The occupant was arrested for possession of stolen property, drunk driving, reckless and negligent driving and resisting arrest. The suspect was then transported and turned over to Milnerton SAPS for further investigation and prosecution.”
Meanwhile, Community Medics said, “We are truly grateful that our vehicle is safe again and that no one was injured during the high-speed chase became. Since Community Medics is an NPO and is funded solely by donations, this would have been a major setback to our organization if the vehicle and equipment had not been recovered.
“The vehicle is currently being impounded by the SAPS , and we do so in the hope of his speedy release so the emergency vehicle can continue to provide medical assistance to those in need.”
Community Medics has opened a case of theft of a motor vehicle and the investigation is ongoing.
The Leap unit was launched in May and deployed to Steenberg and Ottery after increased gang violence and shootings in Lavender Hill and Grassy Park.
At the Western Cape Prime Minister Alan Winde stated: “The Response Unit acts as a force multiplier, assisting the SAPS command center in responding to flares and gunfire in areas not designated as a Leap hotspot s are designated and where there is no fixed Leap deployment. Instead, they will be deployed on a temporary basis to help restore and stabilize the communities that host them.”
A holistic approach is needed to transform national policing, Sunday’s statement said to bring about, through a complete overhaul of the national police service.
The approach includes:
- More ground contact means more eyes and ears on the front line, ready to respond.
- Members must be provided with adequate resources and equipment to perform their duties.
- Improved training for unskilled members.
- An enhanced , expertly trained investigative department to ensure case files are promptly assembled and defendants found guilty and convicted.
- Improved community structures to ensure the right information and news flow is provided for where crime prevention and prosecution are available.
“ For this reason, it is imperative that the national government delegates the structure via SAPS to instead be a provincial government competence. so that we can bring our SAPS up to the required standards. Until then, the city will continue to provide as much support as possible to our local SAPS,” it said.
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