Pole in court for shooting Germanpreacher after car chase

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13 August 2004 , LUEBECK - A 41-year-old Polish man was to be arraigned Friday in a Luebeck court for the killing of a lay preacher who had pursued him for his dangerous driving in the northern German city of Luebeck. Police said the motive for the killing had not yet been determined as the Polish suspect had so far refused to answer any questions after his arrest on Thursday following a wild high-speed car chase. The incident began when the Polish driver, in what was a stolen car, came dangerously close t

13 August 2004

LUEBECK - A 41-year-old Polish man was to be arraigned Friday in a Luebeck court for the killing of a lay preacher who had pursued him for his dangerous driving in the northern German city of Luebeck.

Police said the motive for the killing had not yet been determined as the Polish suspect had so far refused to answer any questions after his arrest on Thursday following a wild high-speed car chase.

The incident began when the Polish driver, in what was a stolen car, came dangerously close to striking two youngsters on their bicycles. As they crashed into a ditch, the man simply drove off.

A German motorist, 53, who happened to witness the incident gave chase with his car - with his wife and daughter as passengers - and managed to stop the Polish driver.

But as the German man, a computer engineer and a lay preacher for the Seventh Day Adventist Church, got out of his car to talk to the driver, the Polish suspect pulled out a 38-calibre pistol and shot him in the head while his wife and daughter looked on in horror.

The Polish driver then sped off, starting a high-speed chase on the country roads outside Luebeck, involving several police cars and a police helicopter.

The suspect smashed into a number of parked cars and ploughed through a police barrier, demolishing two police cars before finally losing control of his vehicle and crashing. Police later found a second gun in the suspect's car.

DPA

Subject: German news

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