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Cement truck chase driver sentenced for crimes

30.10.2020 - 12:51
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A 30-year-old man who this March endangered public safety when he stole a cement truck in central Reykjavík and drove it against oncoming traffic, has been sentenced to three years in prison for this and other crimes.

The man has been in custody since 19th March. As well as stealing the cement truck and endangering public safety, the man was also sentenced for the arson attack that caused serious damage at Pablo Discobar/Burro restaurant, drugs dealing, theft, and fraud. Account was taken during sentencing of the fact that the man freely pleaded guilty, both in court and also throughout most of the investigation.

The famous cement truck police chase saw police following the large vehicle, stolen whilst unloading at a building site on Vitastígur, down Laugavegur and Bankastræti, then right onto Sæbraut, where it drove on verges and footpaths. Nobody was injured, but that was considered pure luck, as there was a serious danger to public safety during the chase. The man was arrested, interrogated, and released while the investigation continued. 

He was arrested again around a week later, however, suspected of involvement in a fire in the building on Ingólfstorg that houses Pablo Discobar and Burro restaurant. 

All available fire crews attended the blaze, as the bar/nightclub is on the third floor of a large timber building. The fire was significant and very smoky and it was feared for a while that it would spread to neighbouring buildings. That did not happen, however, and firefighters managed to quell the flames, which nevertheless had caused a lot of damage. 

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