Police fall on escaped convict

Police believe that Vassilis Palaiocostas, one of the two men who escaped from prison in a helicopter last year, may have been in a vehicle involved in a high-speed car chase in Farsala, central Greece, on Saturday. Authorities said a blue BMW was called to stop at a road block in the Halkiades area when the driver sped off, resulting in a high-speed car chase. A number of shots were fired at police from the BMW, one of them hitting a police vehicle’s bumper. Police fired back at the BMW but the assailants managed to escape. No one was hurt in the incident. Officers described one of the two occupants in the car, which had tinted windows, as looking like Palaiocostas. Police set up checkpoints throughout the area and informed hospitals of the occurrence in the event that one of the assailants was injured in the gunfire and sought medical assistance. Palaiocostas was one of two prisoners who escaped from Athens’s Korydallos Prison in June last year when they were airlifted out of the prison yard by a helicopter.

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