The shock is terrible. Launched at high speed, a white car crashes into a nearby RATP bus. This takes place at the corner of the N3 and the rue du Parc in Noisy-le-Sec (Seine-Saint-Denis), on the night of Saturday 23 April to Sunday 24 April, around 1:30 p.m. . Under the force of the impact, the vehicle, a Kia Picanto, turned right and stopped. The hood is reduced to pulp. The bust of the 37-year-old driver was in a strange position, fully tilted over one of the two doors.
It is dark and the scene has just been filmed by the camera of a DOPC motorcyclist, the Seine-Saint-Denis public order and traffic management. A few minutes earlier, the police chased this small white car with another fellow on a motorcycle. Theft is reported. Falsely plated in France, it was stolen in Belgium.
There is a persecution. The camera of one of the agents is activated. The hunt is filmed from start to finish. A bit like in a video game, we are installed on the handlebars of the powerful motorcycle that borrows a maze of narrow streets of a residential area. Except we are in the harsh reality.
The driver of the two-wheeled vehicle negotiates the numerous fork turns. The streets are deserted, the stops and the red traffic lights are on the grid for the driver. The roar of the engine covers the words of the motorcyclist. We hear that it announces by the waves that the fugitive is heading towards the Paris road, the N3, in the town of Noisy-le-Sec.
The bus was not carrying passengers
On a long straight line, rue du Parc, the Kia is being chased closely by the two motorcycles. It approaches the junction with the N3. That’s when a RATP bus on line 147 appeared, going to the depot. He came from Pantin Church and had Bondy Bridge in sight. Launched at very high speed, the car cannot avoid it and collides head-on with the bus in its center.
At this late hour of the night, it no longer carries passengers. The driver, alone on board, does so without too much trouble. “He suffered minor injuries,” the RATP said.
It’s not the same with the Kia driver. The front of the car is just a pile of sheet metal. The man, whose body is half out of the cabin, is badly affected. So much so that his vital prognosis is compromised at first. Then his health stabilized. From now on, his life is no longer in danger, but he remains polytraumatized.
The images posted on Twitter were not intended to be made public. “Its owner is unlikely to take the initiative,” a police officer said. It had to be shared. Crucial test, video added to file. The police officer was allegedly equipped with “a personal, GoPro-style camera,” according to one of his colleagues.
“The camera shows that it is the motorist who takes all the risks”
At a time when police interventions are regularly filmed by the opposing party, “some police officers decide to buy them with their personal funds to accurately report the facts, says one of them. We see exactly what is happening. At the moment when the word of the officials is questioned, it shows that it is the motorist who assumes all the risks. He refuses to comply, goes through stop signs and red lights. »
Among the lines of these facts is the eternal question posed to the police officers of Seine-Saint-Denis: during a refusal to comply, the police would be forbidden to “take charge” of two-wheeled vehicles and cars . , to avoid this. accidents. The issue is not clear.
In 2020, at the Bobigny police station, during the visit of Laurent Nunez, then Secretary of State for the Minister of the Interior, police officers had put the issue on the table. “As soon as we report on the radio to the information and command center that we are on board a vehicle, we are ordered to release it,” said a police officer from the anti-crime brigade.
It was necessary to reflect on the cases in which the police could be released from this instruction. Today, the police hierarchy refutes this ban that would end up completely paralyzing the action of the police. “Care follows a field analysis. The CIC may discontinue it when it considers that there are risks. In the case of Noisy-le-Sec, they have perfect control over operations. “