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    Man arrested for trying to drive on Brussels pedestrian mall

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    A driver tried to enter the pedestrian mall in the Brussels city centre, Boulevard Anspach, at the Place de Brouckère [Brouckère Square] on Monday morning at around 9 o’clock, causing panic among passers-by, according to a news report by Belgian radio and television, RTBF, confirmed by the office of the public prosecutor. No one was reported injured. Early reports had it that the young driver was drunk.  He drove through Rue du Lombard [Lombard Street], Place de Brouckère and Place du Sablon before police arrested him at the Place de Poelaert. His vehicle’s two front tyres had been deflated and he had run many red lights. The driver could not immediately be questioned because of the high level of alcohol in his blood. His driver’s licence was just four months old, the Brussels Prosecutor’s Office disclosed.

    The police are investigating the incident to determine whether there was deliberate obstruction of free movement. The authorities are also seeking to ascertain the exact route the driver took and to verify whether damage was done to urban property or to other vehicles.

    Oscar Schneider
    The Brussels Times