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Stadelheim Prison Race: Driver Defies Closed Gate

Most want to get out as soon as possible – a 53-year-old Frenchman chose the opposite direction. Break into prison! Murder weapon: a car.

Munich – The spectacular incident at the south gate in Stadelheim happened on the night of December 31, but has only just become known.

It’s just before 4 a.m. when the man races toward the gate. According to information from our newspaper, he crashes into it at least three times with his Renault Mégane – until the gate finally gives way. The vehicle is now on the grounds of the JVA. An alarm is triggered, the police move “with a lot of blue lights”, as a spokesman confirms on request. The driver is overwhelmed.

Munich: Driver is Overwhelmed by Police Officers

A failed attempt to free a prisoner? No, say the police. The driver is a 53-year-old Frenchman who is not resident in Germany but lives in France. He is noticed earlier in the night – by a hit and run in Schenkendorfstraße in Schwabing, a body damage. According to the police, it is not known which way he takes through Munich and how he ultimately ends up in Stadelheim. However, the officers at the south gate quickly realize that the man is in a mental state of emergency.

Immediately after the incident, the Frenchman was taken to the psychiatric ward at the Isar-Amper-Klinikum in Haar (Munich district). The police spokesman could not say whether he has been questioned since then. It is also unclear whether the Frenchman knows the area and went to prison on purpose.

Munich: Repairs to The Damaged Prison Gate Continue

According to the police, five-figure damage was caused to the gate and to the car. The former is still damaged, the repair will probably take a few months. But prison is probably still safe – the gate is part of a lock: There are two gates that are never opened at the same time. This is also confirmed by the Bavarian Ministry of Justice.

The incident did not appear in the official police report – although the violent entry into the prison grounds is rather unusual. According to a police spokesman, they are reluctant to publish the crimes of mentally ill perpetrators.

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