Teen charged in deadly police chase

A teenage Caymanian has been charged with causing the deaths of two other people in the car police said he was driving during a February chase along West Bay Road.

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A scene from the deadly police chase in February along West Bay Road.

Nineteen year old Alex Callan faces two counts of causing death by dangerous driving after the vehicle he drove slammed into a utility pole just south of the Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman hotel.

Two men, 21-year-old Sidney Myles and 31-year-old Bruce Lee Ebanks, died in the accident. Mr. Callan was seriously injured, but later recovered.

He’s due to appear in court on 17 November.

Royal Cayman Islands Police Officers had attempted to stop Mr. Callan’s vehicle around 11.30pm on 29 February along Kings Road in West Bay. Police said the car’s driver refused to stop and sped off.

Subsequent investigations determined that officers located the car again on West Bay Road and followed it. The driver somehow lost control and slammed into the utility pole, knocking out power to most of the neighbourhood.

‘The vehicle refused to comply with signals; lights and sirens, (and) a short pursuit ensued,’ Police Commissioner Stuart Kernohan said at the time.

Police did not state how fast the car was traveling before the wreck.

RCIPS officials noted the suspect vehicle’s rear licence plate number was registered to a different vehicle than the one Mr. Callan was driving.

Mr. Kernohan said at the time that a full investigation of the circumstances which led to the chase would be done, although any results of that review have never been made public.

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