Police in Poland arrested a Ukrainian man suspected of smuggling illegal migrants into the country after he fled a border checkpoint, authorities say.
The incident unfolded on Thursday night in Czeremcha, a commune on the Polish border near Belarus.
The driver of a Fiat ignored orders of uniformed officers to pull over.
Eventually, the vehicle stopped and two passengers were seen fleeing into a nearby forest.
"The driver stayed in the vehicle and turned out to be a 33-year-old citizen of Ukraine who lives in Warsaw on a regular basis," Polish police explained in a statement.
"After a few minutes, the policemen, together with soldiers, found 2 people in the forest and determined that they were Syrian citizens who had illegally crossed the Polish-Belarusian border."
The migrants were turned over to the Polish Border Guard.
The driver is accused of human smuggling and faces up to eight years in prison if convicted.
"Since the beginning of the year, the Border Guard has recorded over 1,200 attempts to illegally cross the border from Belarus to Poland. Last year it was 39,700," Kresny reports.
Migration pressure on Poland's eastern borders has decreased significantly in the wake of an explosive crisis in 2021 that unfolded after Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko threatened to allow aliens and drugs to flood Europe amid fraying diplomatic ties with the E.U.
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(PHOTO: Polish Police)