Dutch use F-16s to pursue criminal suspect
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Last Updated: Friday, January 13, 2012, 23:13
Amsterdam: Talk about overkill. The Dutch air force says two of its F-16 jet fighters tried to help police chase a criminal suspect.

Spokesman Olav Spanjer says the jets were about to leave Volkel airbase on a training mission kast evening when they heard local police had requested a military jeep to chase a suspect over soggy terrain.

The pilots volunteered to help search using their infrared cameras.

Spanjer conceded today, "It was kind of a long-shot." The suspect was in a car with stolen license plates that sped away when police tried to pull it over.

After an exchange of gunfire, the car crashed into a canal and the man ran away across a field.

In the end, a tip from a suspicious neighbor, and not a high-tech jet, led police to the suspect.


First Published: Friday, January 13, 2012, 23:13

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