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German leads Tyrol police on 100km chase

A 36-year-old German man led Austrian police on a wild chase on Thursday night, of around 100km on the motorway, through five districts in Tyrol’s Inn valley.

German leads Tyrol police on 100km chase
Police patrol car. Photo: APA/Gindl

Police said the man had stolen a car from a petrol station in Dornbirn, Vorarlberg.

He had overtaken a police patrol car at excessive speed in Kronburg. They gave chase but the 36-year-old ignored their attempts to stop him. As he sped off he damaged several lights at a construction site and endangered the lives of other road users.

As the chase continued he drove through several police road blocks and damaged a police vehicle. As he neared Vomp and tried to overtake a truck he skidded, and crashed into another car. He and the other driver sustained only slight injuries, but the stolen car was a wreck.

Police said the man had a blood alcohol level of 0.6mg per ml, over the legal limit of 0.5mg.

 

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‘Decomposing smell’: Austrian police called due to smelly shoes

Austria's police department said they were called to an apartment complex in Vienna after a person was concerned about a "smell of decomposition".

'Decomposing smell': Austrian police called due to smelly shoes

This week, the Viennese police department started a weekly ‘series’ of sharing interesting stories on their social media accounts

Calling the series ‘Misunderstanding Wednesday’ (Missverständnismittwoch), the very first post is about a call they received to an apartment complex after a concerned citizen complained to emergency services about a “smell of decomposition in the staircase”.

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The alleged corpse, it turns out, was just the neighbour’s smelly shoes which were left in the building corridor, in front of their apartment.

The police didn’t say when exactly the incident took place.

“When our colleagues are called because of the ‘smell of decomposition in the staircase’… and notice that the stunk is from the neighbour’s shoes which were left in front of the apartment door”, the official Twitter account of the Vienna police department reads.

‘When in doubt it is an emergency’

The authorities were light-hearted about the misunderstanding, even sharing a “meme-like” picture on their social media accounts, saying “some missions turn out to be different than initially assumed”.

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However, they reiterated that the misunderstandings should not deter people from calling 133, the emergency police number. They added that in case of emergencies and even if you are not sure, the authorities should be called and they will assist you.

“Note: in case of doubt, it is an emergency”, the Vienna police department says. “Never be afraid to dial the emergency number.”

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