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Biker slices off his fingertips to avoid being ID’d

Despite his efforts police identify suspect, who was caught running red lights while driving with a suspended license

Judah Ari Gross is The Times of Israel's military correspondent.

The hands of a man who tried to cut off his fingerprints after he was arrested in a failed attempt to avoid identification by police in August 2016. (Israel Police)
The hands of a man who tried to cut off his fingerprints after he was arrested in a failed attempt to avoid identification by police in August 2016. (Israel Police)

An Israeli biker with a long history of traffic violations tried to cut off his fingertips in an attempt to avoid identification when he was pulled over last week in Jerusalem for yet another driving offense, police said Sunday.

In addition to slicing the tops of his fingers, the man, aged 21, provided officers with a counterfeit drivers’ license when he was pulled over for speeding in Jerusalem last week. Despite his best efforts, police succeeded in identifying the man, who was driving on a license that had been suspended for his involvement in a past hit-and-run.

“It became clear that the driver had been sentenced to eight months’ imprisonment and had his license revoked for five years after he was found guilty of causing a car accident and fleeing the scene,” police said in a statement.

Officers in the Jerusalem police’s traffic department noticed the man driving his motorized scooter above the legal speed limit through a red light, “endangering his life and the lives of others on the road,” police said.

When the man saw a police car following him, he attempted to flee, but was caught after he drove into another vehicle, police said.

The man was lightly injured in the collision and was taken to a Jerusalem hospital for treatment.

After the suspect was released from the hospital and arrived at the police station, the officers noticed the cuts on his fingertips. The man claimed the injuries were the result of the crash, but the arresting officers disputed the claim, recalling that they had provided the man with initial medical care and had not seen the lacerations.

The officers at the time “even gave him a water bottle, which he held without difficulty and without mentioning the injuries to his hands,” police said.

During his interrogation, the man eventually told investigators that he’d “cut his 10 fingers in order to prevent his identification and to interfere with the police’s work.”

On Sunday, police said they would “employ a firm hand and zero tolerance toward any driver who endangers people’s lives.”

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