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Police nab Palestinian after chase through East Jerusalem

Fleeing man was driving stolen vehicle that overturned in village of Issawiya; cops disperse ensuing riot

Illustrative: Israeli security officers run past burning tires during clashes with Palestinian protesters in the Issawiya neighborhood, in East Jerusalem on October 24, 2014. (Photo credit: AFP/ AHMAD GHARABLI)
Illustrative: Israeli security officers run past burning tires during clashes with Palestinian protesters in the Issawiya neighborhood, in East Jerusalem on October 24, 2014. (Photo credit: AFP/ AHMAD GHARABLI)

Israel Police on Thursday arrested a Palestinian car thief after a chase through the East Jerusalem village of Issawiya, police spokesperson Luba Samri said in a statement.

The car the man was driving first raised suspicion when police saw it travelling through the neighborhood of French Hill in the north-east area of the capital.

The driver, along with another passenger, ignored police demands to stop and fled towards the Arab neighborhood of Issawiya, ramming the police vehicle and setting off a high speed chase.

While attempting to outrun the police, the fleeing vehicle — which was stolen and bearing duplicated plates — overturned inside Issawiya.

Of the two suspects in the vehicle, one managed to escape on foot, while the other was apprehended and arrested by the pursuing police officers.

The apprehended suspect, who was in Israel illegally, was transferred to Israeli security authorities for questioning while police continued to search for the second fugitive.

The chase and subsequent arrest sparked a riot in the East Jerusalem neighborhood. Israeli forces stepped in to disperse the protesters.

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