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Jelgava Council Chairperson accused of beating up a youngster

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUChairperson of Jelgava Council Ziedonis Caune from the Union of Greens and Farmers has beaten up some teenager named Igor who, is known of driving aggressively, cites the words of one of the young man’s friends, Linards.

The conflict between the two took place in Vircava last Friday. According to one other young man involved in the conflict, he and his friends were having fun in a BMW when the Chairperson appeared in his car behind them, as reported by LTV.

«He chased after us. We were scared, all of us who were in the car. We tried driving along this road back. We were then stopped and asked to ‘breathe in a tube’. We did, and then Ziedonis Caune stopped by. […] The one behind the wheel of the car, Igor, entered the police car. Then, Ziedonis Caune asked the officer for a baton so he could slap him,» – says one of the boys, Linards.

«Police officers opened the door and Ziedonis Caune hit Igor very hard. Igor fell in the car, started crying and his nose started bleeding. Then Ziedonis Caune laughed, said goodbye to all police officers and, having noticed that Igor’s father was coming, left,» – says one of the boys.

Caune described the situation differently. He was on his way home from work when he noticed a BMW that was being chased by the police for aggressive driving.

«I was driving in dust; tried coming closer to see the registration number. I can’t tell for sure, I think I was 20 or 15 metres away,» – said Caune. He also denies having hit anyone. «I have fought and will continue fighting against aggressively driving youngsters. Their actions have already resulted in tragedies: one youngster is dead, one is in a hospital and residents continue complaining to me at every meeting about these drivers,» – adds Caune.

The junction where LTV met Linards has clear tire tracks, which clearly shows that drifting is rather popular there.

Linards told LTV that many come to Mazlauki to drift, even dark-coloured BMW models. Manly locals recall seeing such a car. «It comes here often; drives around a lot. Rocks fly around and it is heard driving around in the evening,» – says Mazlauki resident Normunds. «Bought that ‘bambi’, the fifth model, and so they drive around. There. By the store [shows]. See it? A black stripe. I fear for my dog, and kids ride around on their bicycles,» – adds Aleksandrs, another resident.

Chief of police in Vircava, Haralds Dauginovics, who, according to youngsters, was present when everything happened, but made it look like he didn’t see the moment when Caune hit Igor, neither confirms nor denies what happened. «I do not want to comment. Let State Police handle this. They can speak with us again if the like. They can speak with others as well,» – said Dauginovics. «This situation is rather ambiguous, especially considering there were drunk and inadequate people involved […] Aside from knowing which is the gas pedal, he [the driver] knows nothing else,» – comments Dauginovics.

He refrained from commenting whether or not Caune used his fists to teach those youngsters a lesson. He only said the State Police will decide everything.


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