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Drunk driver crashes into metro in police chase

Railway workers in northern Milan got the shock of their lives on Tuesday afternoon when a drunken motorist drove at full speed into a metro station in an attempt to evade police.

Drunk driver crashes into metro in police chase
Screengrab: Tranvieri di Milano/Facebook

In a scene comparable to that of an action film, a drunken man made a daring escape from police when he drove his car into the Affori metro station in northern Milan on Tuesday.

Unfortunately for the fugitive, however, his escape did not have a Hollywood ending.

Forced to stop at the turnstiles, the man, aged 30, attempted to flee on foot before being promptly arrested by police.

The moment was captured by workers at the metro station who then published the photo on the Facebook page Tranvieri di Milano. You can also see the photo in the tweet below from Repubblica Milano.

“Perhaps he wanted to imitate scenes from famous action films, judging from what happened on Tuesday June 10th at 7:30pm,” reads the photo caption on the Facebook page.

“In the late afternoon in the streets of Affori police were following a car, a Fiat Stilo, when the Stilo entered the road that leads under the new railway station Affori Nord, perhaps thinking of crossing it through the pedestrian walkway underneath the railway station.

“But instead of turning into the underground passage, he drove at full speed into the entrance for the yellow metro line three, stopping just in time so as not to knock over the turnstiles and the ticket booth, after which he got out of the car and headed towards the exit where police caught up with him and arrested him.”

Since the incident, metro workers have asked for more safety measures to be put in place to stop similar episodes from happening again.

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New York returns 214 stolen artworks to Italy in seven months

Authorities in New York announced on Thursday the return to Italy of 14 more antiquities, worth an estimated €2.3 million, as part of an investigation into smuggling of stolen artifacts.

New York returns 214 stolen artworks to Italy in seven months

The Manhattan District Attorney’s office has been conducting an extensive investigation over the past two years into looted antiquities that have ended up in New York museums and galleries — including the prestigious Metropolitan Museum of Art.

During a ceremony on Thursday with the Italian consul general and Italian police representatives, 14 more artifacts – some 2,600 years old – were officially returned to Italy, bringing the total number of repatriated pieces to that country over the past seven months to 214, District Attorney Alvin Bragg’s office said.

READ ALSO: Italian ‘art squad’ police recover 800 illegally-excavated archaeological finds

More than 700 pieces worth more than $100 million have been returned in the past year to 17 countries, including Italy as well as Cambodia, India, Pakistan, Egypt, Iraq, and Greece, the statement added.

New York, a hub of stolen antiquities trafficking for decades, set up a task force in 2017 to investigate the illicit trade.

According to the statement by District Attorney Bragg, who took office in January 2022, Thursday’s repatriation included the silver “Sicily Naxos Coin,” minted around 430 BCE and currently valued at half a million dollars.

Other notable items included ancient pottery dating to 510 BCE, and amarble head of Roman Emperor Hadrian, dating to 200 CE.

Among the culprits behind the 14 returned pieces, the statement said, were well-known art traffickers Giacomo Medici and Giovanni Franco Becchina, as well as Robert Hecht, the Paris-based American art dealer who died in 2012.

The traffickers had “relied on gangs of tombaroli (tomb raiders) to loot carefully chosen and insufficiently guarded archaeological sites throughout the Mediterranean,” it added.

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