Blue Security’s area manager, Lebo Puling, narrowly escaped being hit by a bullet ricocheting through his windscreen during a high-speed car chase south of Durban in the early hours of Friday morning.
“I thought it was a stone that had hit the windscreen. I got quite a surprise when we later realized it was a bullet after the bullet casing was recovered on the windscreen under the wiper blades,” Puling said. The incident began after information was received of a stolen vehicle which had been hijacked in the Wiggins area, south of Durban, in the early hours of Friday morning.
“The truck had been stolen earlier as the driver was about to set off from home. He was held up at gunpoint as he opened his door to leave the house,” Puling said. The Blue Security area manager drove to the bridge near the Galleria centre and saw the truck and an Etios speeding down the N2 with the SAPS and metro police giving chase.
“I set off in pursuit and heard a noise but carried on chasing the suspects as I thought it was just a stone which had hit the windscreen,” Puling said. “When the suspect driving the truck realized he couldn’t get away he bailed near the Seadoone offramp causing the truck to crash,” he said. Police arrested the driver at the scene. The other suspects are still at large.
“Dashcam footage during the chase shows a suspect throwing a firearm out of the window along the way shooting at law enforcement officers’ vehicles. Puling’s unwavering reaction whilst being shot at must be commended,” said Blue Security community and media liaison officer, Andreas Mathios.
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