Brit Arrested After Crashing £90,000 Audi While Imitating Video Street Racing Game
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A British man has been arrested after leading police on a car chase while 'imitating [a] street car racing video game'.
On Sunday (22 May), a 21-year-old man took Spanish police on a 110mph chase while driving an Audi RS6 worth £90,000 before crashing the vehicle into a roadside barrier.
A 19-year-old Irish man – reported as being a passenger in the Audi – was also arrested at the scene.
However, he was later released, and it was subsequently only the 21-year-old who was taken to court.
Local reports stated the two men were spotted by a local police patrol car at around 5pm on Sunday.
The reports, as per Sunday World, read: "[Authorities] detected a high-end tourism [car] that was circulating through the Puerta de la Carne area at high speed, in the direction of the Footbridge.
"The young man quickly fled in the direction of Avenida de María Luisa, to take the direction of Paseo de las Delicias."
Sources claimed the vehicle nearly '[ran] over several people' as it 'circulated at high speed' in Jadines del Cristina.
The driver was then 'intercepted by a patrol car as he got caught up in traffic' but mounted the pavement to escape.
"From the Olympic Glorieta, he circulated along Avenida Juventudes Musicales, where he carried out the ‘most risky’ maneuver, jumping the median and (bursting through) vegetation," reports said.
However, the driver ultimately 'lost control' 'at the height of Polígono Calonge'.
Audi RS6s have a top speed of 190mph.
At various moments in the police chase, the 21-year-old is reported as having reached more than 110mph.
The chase is also stated as having taken place over 10 kilometres.
According to local reports, the passenger and driver met through playing video games together online.
The driver is suspected of being part of a larger group of wealthy young people in Seville who race vehicles as if they're in video games, as well as placing bets on the races.
Local paper Diario de Sevilla stated: "The initial findings of the ongoing investigation point to the British youngster forming part of a group of youths that try to emulate in real life scenes from a well-known car racing video game.
"They are wealthy lads who place bets on these illegal competitions, that consist of trying to escape the police and carrying out dangerous manoeuvres, like driving through pedestrian areas or going the wrong way at high speed up main roads."
On Monday (23 May), the 21-year-old appeared before a closed court according to officials.
Pending an ongoing criminal investigation, he was released on bail, and has not yet been charged with any offence.