Terror in Spain as car mows down pedestrians

Terrifying footage shows holidaymakers screaming as British driver mounts pavement and smashes into at least seven pedestrians - including a seven-week-old baby - in Marbella

Terrifying footage has emerged of holiday makers screaming as a British driver ploughed through pedestrians injuring a seven-week-old baby and at least five others.

The clip captured dramatic moment a 4×4 allegedly driven by a drunk driver mows down and injures pedestrians in the holiday resort of Puerto Banus as the Audi SQ7 appears to be driven deliberately at victims.

Horrified Brits caught up in the carnage can be heard screaming in panic as the vehicle screeches round a pedestrianised area near the resort’s famous Ocean Club.

Six people were taken to hospital and the driver was arrested after crashing into vehicles having led police on a wild chase on the wrong side of the road.

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The car being driven on the pavement as it mowed down pedestrians in Puerto Banus
The car being driven on the pavement as it mowed down pedestrians in Puerto Banus
Initial fears the incident on the Golden Mile was terrorism-related were ruled out by police, who said the driver was drunk
Initial fears the incident on the Golden Mile was terrorism-related were ruled out by police, who said the driver was drunk
Local social media sites carried pictures of an injured man in shorts lying on the ground
Local social media sites carried pictures of an injured man in shorts lying on the ground

One woman overlooking the scene shouts out in English: ‘Get away’ after the car appears to smash into another vehicle on a roundabout before mounting the pavement for a second time and being driven recklessly at speed.

Another Brit can be heard yelling: ‘Get him’ and ‘Get away’ as the vehicle comes back into shot on a video filmed using a mobile phone and pulls to a stop alongside a bare-chested man in shorts who appears to be injured and is on his knees in a flower bed.

A man in a blue T-shirt – who looks to have been a passenger in the Audi – seems to get out of the vehicle and slams the door shut before disappearing.

The car then speeds away as the first sirens near – leading police on a spectacular chase which ended when it smashed into several vehicles on the wrong side of the road nearby Marbella’s famous Golden Mile.

The Audi screeching around the corner before appearing to deliberately ploughing into pedestrians

The Brit driver, in his late 20s, was arrested at the scene as well as the passenger.

The driver 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.

The unnamed 22-year-old is believed to have been asked to leave the nearby Ocean Club – which was hosting its annual champagne party – after a fight.

Police are now investigating whether he deliberately mounted the pavement and drove down a pedestrian area leading to the club, mowing down people in his path – including a seven-week-old baby.

Officers confirmed they have arrested two Brits over last night’s horrific scenes.

He was initially described as a 22-year-old, although sources close to the investigation said today he was born in 1990 making him 26 or 27 years old.

The well-informed source said: ‘A passenger in the car has also been arrested.

‘He is being held at a police station in Marbella near Puerto Banus in connection with last night’s incidents.

‘The driver is at Marbella’s Costa del Sol Hospital.

‘Both men are British.’

The vehicle was left a write-off after a high-speed police chase which ended with the black Audi invading the wrong carriageway on the nearby Golden Mile dual-carriageway running between Marbella and Puerto Banus before hitting several cars including one in which three people including a young baby were injured

The vehicle was left a write-off after a high-speed police chase which ended with the black Audi invading the wrong carriageway on the nearby Golden Mile dual-carriageway running between Marbella and Puerto Banus before hitting several cars including one in which three people including a young baby were injured

The passenger in the car was born in 1989, making him 27 or 28. It is not known if they were on holiday in the area or live in Spain.

The two men are expected to be hauled before an investigating judge tomorrow/on Tuesday.

Although they will not face immediate charges, the driver at least may be told he is being investigated on suspicion of attempted murder if police feel there is evidence pointing to him trying to deliberate harm his alleged victims.

Local reports said he had been asked to leave a packed champagne party taking place at the Ocean Club following an altercation between two groups of Brits.

Witnesses have told police the Audi SQ7 he was driving was driven deliberately at high speed at pedestrians in an area off-limits to cars which runs from a roundabout down to steps overlooking the Mediterranean and the entrance to the Ocean Club.

The vehicle was left a write-off after a high-speed police chase which ended with the black Audi invading the wrong carriageway on the nearby Golden Mile dual-carriageway running between Marbella and Puerto Banus before hitting several cars including one in which three people including a young baby were injured.

The incident happened just after 9pm last night as revellers were leaving the Ocean Club on one of its busiest days of the year.

Six people are understood to have been transferred to Marbella’s Costa del Sol hospital – one with a broken leg and another with a possible fractured pelvis.

A third person arrived unconscious and was last night undergoing tests.

The other three people, who are not described as seriously injured, were a 38-year-old man, a 35-year-old and a baby believed to be just weeks old.

They are thought to be members of the same family and were travelling in the car hit by the Audi on the Golden Mile.

There was carnage on the streets of Marbella after the car struck several pedestrians 
There was carnage on the streets of Marbella after the car struck several pedestrians
Police are now investigating whether the driver deliberately mounted the pavement and drove down a pedestrian area

Police are now investigating whether the driver deliberately mounted the pavement and drove down a pedestrian area.

Initial fears the incident on the stretch of road known as the Golden Mile was terror-related were ruled out by police who said the driver had been drunk.

The incident happened around 9pm on Sunday as revellers were leaving the popular venue after its annual champagne party, which attracts celebrities and international footballers.

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One eyewitness said they thought it was ‘a terrorist attack at first’, while another British witness told The Sun: ‘I was lying in the middle of the ground. I thought I was going to die.

‘I saw two people get hit and heard at least another six hit. It came out of nowhere.’

Six people were taken to the nearby Costa del Sol Hospital.

One was being operated for a broken leg, another is believed to have suffered a possible fractured pelvis and a third arrived unconscious and is undergoing tests.

All are thought to be pedestrians who were mown down near the Ocean Club. Their nationalities have not yet been revealed.

The other three people, who are not described as seriously injured, are a 38-year-old man, a 35-year-old and a baby.

They are believed to have been travelling in one of the cars hit by the Audi Q7 after the British driver fled the original accident scene.

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

Several pedestrians were injured after being hit by the car which mounted the pavement near Puerto Banus's Ocean Club
Several pedestrians were injured after being hit by the car which mounted the pavement near Puerto Banus’s Ocean Club

Traffic police closed the road so they could help paramedics attend to the injured and remove the damaged vehicles.

A police source 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.

‘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 British, said they were not aware of the incident and it hadn’t happened inside the club.

Police have closed off part of nearby Marbella's Golden Mile where the hit-and-run driver crashed near a five-star hotel
Police have closed off part of nearby Marbella’s Golden Mile where the hit-and-run driver crashed near a five-star hotel.

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.  – Mailonline

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