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Teen charged with murder for deadly ramming of cop in stolen car

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A Palestinian teenager was charged with aggravated murder on Tuesday for running over and killing an Israeli police officer at a checkpoint near the central city of Ra’anana last month.

The 17-year-old is accused of entering Israel illegally and driving well over the speed limit in a stolen car, with which he ran over Master Sergeant Barak Meshulam, 29.

According to the indictment, the Ramallah teen stole a car in the Tel Aviv area, then headed north.

The prosecution alleged that the teen drove at high speeds with his headlights off in an attempt to use the cover of darkness to return to Palestinian territory undetected.

However, software installed in the vehicle alerted police that the car had been stolen and enabled them to track the vehicle.

Police pursued the stolen car as it sped along the highway, repeatedly calling out over a loudspeaker in both Hebrew and Arabic for the car to pull over. The driver refused to stop as he raced toward Ra’anana junction at over 145 km/h (90 mph).

Receiving updates via police radio, Meshulam, a father of two young children, had driven to the junction and set up a roadblock to stop the car, prosecutors said.

Seeing the roadblock in front of........

© The Times of Israel

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