Tuesday 24 October 2017

Several pedestrians injured as drunk driver mounts pavement in busy Spanish holiday resort

The incident took place in Puerto Banus
The incident took place in Puerto Banus

Gerard Couzens and Sasha Brady

A British man has been arrested after mowing down pedestrians in the Costa del Sol holiday resort of Puerto Banus before smashing into several cars during a police chase.

Officers held him after he injured at least three people near the resort’s famous Ocean Club after a champagne party there before fleeing the scene and colliding with several vehicles on a famous nearby stretch of nearby road leading into neighbouring Marbella known as the Golden Mile

Initial fears the incident was terrorism-related were ruled out by police who said the driver had been drunk.

The unnamed man, described by a police source as British, is believed to have been asked to leave the Ocean Club after a fight.

Police were last night investigating whether he deliberately mounted the pavement and drove down a pedestrian area leading to the club after getting into his car.

The incident happened around 9pm on Sunday as revellers were leaving the popular venue after its annual champagne party, which in the past has attracted a number of celebs as well as top-flight footballers.

The driver crashed into several cars by Marbella’s Coral Beach area on the Golden Mile moments later after leaving the scene at high-speed.

Traffic cops closed the road so they could help paramedics attend to the injured, who included a seven-week-old baby, and remove the damaged vehicles.

A well-informed police source last night allayed fears of terrorism, saying: “A man of British origin believed to have been driving under the influence of alcohol has been arrested.“

There is no evidence this was in any way terrorism-related.

“Three pedestrians were injured at the scene of the original incident. There were casualties at the car crash scene as well, including a young baby, but none are believed to be serious.”

Local social media sites carried pictures of an injured man in shorts lying on the ground, with one social media user commenting: “A car has just sped along the seafront by the Ocean Club in Puerto Banus and has run over a lot of people.

“The car has fled the scene.”

A spokesman for the Ocean Club, where most revellers are Brits, said they were not aware of the incident and it hadn’t happened inside the club.

A nearby worker said: “I’ve heard the man they’ve arrested got into a row over a girl and may have driven deliberately at the pedestrians that were injured.”

The black Audi the detainee was driving was a write-off. It was not clear last night if Spanish police were still hunting anyone else in connection with the incident, although it was initially believed several men had been spotted running from the Audi after it crashed.

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