GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – A 24-year-old Swiss border guard suffered serious injuries Sunday morning 13 May when a passenger attempted to flee from a car that was pulled over by guards. The young guard sustained two compound (open) fractures to his leg and was operated on successfully Sunday night; he will need several months to recover, according to customs authorities.
The passengers of a blue Renaut Clio with French plates were stopped at the Moillesulaz (Thônex) border area, at route de Genève 148 at 09:20 Sunday as they were leaving Switzerland. A 21-year-old Algerian jumped out of the car and tried to run back towards Switzerland.
Two guards immediately gave chase and as they caught him, one of them fell hard against a curb, breaking his leg badly. While his colleague stopped to give him first aid, the suspect ran off again and another border guard, in charge of a police dog, ordered the man to stop. When the order was ignored he called on the dog to give chase.
Krak, a 4-year-old German Shepherd, caught the man after 50 metres, biting him on the calf. The man suffered light injuries.
The car’s occupants were arrested by guards on suspicion of having committed a number of crimes in the Geneva region. They were turned over to Geneva police.