A 28 year old man is under arrest in Paphos on suspicion of stealing a car and driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs.
The 20 year old owner of the car had left it with the engine running near Kato Paphos harbour at 6 am on Saturday and on his return 15 minutes later found that it had vanished and informed police
About an hour later police were tipped off that the stolen car had been spotted in the Ha Potami area at Kouklia. They were also given a description of the driver.
Kouklia police found the car parked in the area and the 28 year old nearby who attempted to flee but pursued by a police officer lay on the ground and was arrested.
He underwent an alco-test with a reading of 64 ml — nearly three times the legal limit of 22 and also tested positive for drugs.
Police said they are investigating a case of driving a car without the consent of the owner and without insurance.
The car has been returned to the owner.