Border police 370.
(photo credit: Yaakov Lappin)
The Northern District Attorney served an indictment on Monday against two men
from Daburiya, east of Nazareth, charging them with maliciously endangering life
on a highway.
According to the indictment, earlier this month Murad
Atrash, 22, and Muhammad Ibrahim, 20, drove at high speed to evade a police
patrol car that began to chase their vehicle.
A year ago, the Nazareth
Juvenile Court had banned Atrash from driving.
Police in a patrol car
spotted the two defendants on April 20, allegedly as they drove at high speed to
and from Daburiya, a Muslim village, to the Jewish village of Kfar Tavor to
purchase alcoholic beverages. Atrash was at the wheel, the indictment
When the police called to them to stop, the two defendants
allegedly risked the police officers’ lives by driving at high speed toward
them. A police officer had to fire several shots into their air to stop them,
the indictment said.
The shooting did not stop the defendants, who
allegedly continued driving and the police officer had to leap to the side of
the road to avoid being hit.
The defendants allegedly fled to Atrash’s
house in Daburiya, where they removed their car’s license plate, front and rear
lights and stereo to avoid being detected.
The charge of maliciously
endangering life on a highway attracts a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison.