Officers from the Guardia Civil have recovered a stolen articulated lorry in Salamanca which contained tobacco and stolen goods valued at around 150,000 euro.

The officers received a report of a robbery from a service station and were almost hit by a truck fleeing the scene as they arrived..

After joining the A-62 in the Valladolid direction it became apparent that the truck driver was aware of officers in pursuit and abandoning the vehicle by jumping from it and fleeing on foot, leaving the truck moving and out of control.

Fearing for the safety of other road users one of the officers climbed into the moving truck from a patrol car and managed to stop the vehicle before it could cause further incidents.

The officers then discovered that the truck had been stolen that morning from an industrial area and was loaded with boxes of cigarettes and other items stolen from another truck that was parked nearby.

An investigation is underway to identify the suspects of the robbery.