It is not just carjackers who have a penchant for Toyota Fortuners, even police personnel cannot get enough of the high-end car it seems.
Friday night’s incident is a case in point where the apparent love for SUVs prompted a Gurgaon policeman to illegally drive a Toyota Fortuner, impounded in a case of kidnapping, out of the police station.
Posted at the Sushant Lok police station, constable Kapil Kumar’s tryst with the SUV, however, was short-lived as he ended up ramming it into a divider after driving it for less than 100 metres.
Apprehending arrest, Kapil fled leaving the vehicle at the accident site.
Police said Kapil Kumar, who is a night munshi (clerk), took out the Fortuner from the police station on Friday night. The car was seized recently in connection with a kidnapping case, police said.
After a nearly 90-metre drive from the police station, Kapil hit the divider on the road in front of the Courtyard (Marriot) hotel. By the time police arrived, he escaped leaving the car there.
Based on a complaint filed by head constable Sunil Kumar, the Sushant Lok police station booked Kapil for rash driving (IP Section 279), theft (Section 379), mischief causing damage (Section 427) and theft (Section 379).
“He drove the car outside the police station in the night without informing anyone. We can only know about the intention once he is arrested,” said Inspector Gaurav Phogat, station house officer, Sushant Lok police station.
Using a vehicle seized by police is illegal.
Some recent incidents have shown criminals’ love for high-end vehicles. More than a dozen SUVs, including 10 Fortuners, have been stolen from Gurgaon this year, as per police records.
A Toyota Fortuner SUV, stolen from DLF Phase-1 in June, was allegedly used by criminals to attack BJP leader Brijpal Teotia in Ghaziabad. Another SUV looted from Cyber Hub on February 22 was used to rob the driver of a dumper carrying concrete from Jhunjhunu district in Rajasthan on April 5.