Watch: Hungarian police chase people smuggler driving van with 35 migrants through in Budapest

Hungarian police chase people smugglers' van in posh Budapest area. (Youtube)
By Dénes Albert
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A Budapest driver’s dashboard camera recorded a high-speed chase in a posh area of the Hungarian capital on Tuesday night in which a large number of police cars moved in to stop a minivan smuggling migrants, daily Magyar Hírlap reports.

Upon seeing the incoming convoy of police vehicles, the motorist stopped at a bus station from where his dashboard camera had a perfect view of the police race by in pursuit of the suspect.

Official information about the incident was also made available on the national police website shortly afterwards. The police wrote that around 9:00 p.m. on the M1 highway near Biatorbágy, they wanted to check a van with Polish license plates, but the driver did not stop at the police signal and drove off towards the capital.

While fleeing, the Georgian citizen driving the van collided with three cars in Budaörs and seven other cars in Budapest, on Budakeszi road, Attila road and Szilágyi Erzsébet fasor, and also hit a police car. The chase finally ended at the intersection of Attila út and Krisztina út at 9.15 a.m., when the police forced the Georgian man to stop.

The smuggler deliberately crashed his van into the police car and fled the scene, but was caught nearby.

Thirty-five people were recovered from the van’s cargo area, claiming to be Syrian and Moroccan nationals, none of whom were injured. According to the newspaper, the investigation was still under way on Attila road shortly after midnight,

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