An Israeli man who crashed his truck into a parked car was caught red-handed with a stolen Israeli driver’s license plate.
The man, who was identified as 31-year-old Zvi Adel, fled the scene in a red Volkswagen Polo, police said on Thursday.
Adel fled the city in a grey Volkswagen, and his vehicle was found abandoned in the desert near an Israeli settlement.
An officer from the Jerusalem Police Station’s crime unit found Adel’s license in the Volkswagen, where it was later handed over to the police.
The incident was reported on Wednesday afternoon.
The man is still at large, police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld told reporters.
Police said they are investigating whether the plate belonged to a person of interest in the case, but they did not say what the suspect’s name was.
A police spokesman told the Jerusalem Post that Adel has been arrested in the past and he is in his late 20s.
The driver’s name and address were not immediately released.
The police spokesman said the vehicle was stolen in Jerusalem, but did not provide any other details.
The Jerusalem Post reported that Adels family said he has a criminal record, and has a history of mental illness and is a danger to himself.
Adel, a resident of the northern city of Ashkelon, was arrested in July, but his family members have not been able to reach him since.
The driver of the car involved in the hit-out in the city, identified as 37-year old Mimi, was treated for minor injuries and released from a hospital.
The car was not immediately available for comment on Thursday, and Adel was not wearing a seat belt, Rosenfeld said.