LAHORE - Police yesterday arrested an underage driver, several hours after he crushed to death a motorcyclist in Johar Town and fled.

Police identified the 16-year-old driver as Talha, said to be the son of a senior police officer. A criminal case has been filed against the teen driver, a police spokesperson said.

The schoolboy, Talha, left his car at the crime scene and fled soon after the vehicle bumped into a motorcycle near Shadaywall Chowk, Johar Town.

The 27-year-old motorcyclist died on the spot. Investigators named the victim as Muhammad Bilal, a local TV channel employee, who was going home from his office when the accident occurred.

An eyewitness told the Police Response Unit that the accident took place “because of speeding”. He said the car smashed into a motorcycle as the driver lost control when he was trying to take right turn in high-speed.

The Edhi Ambulance service shifted the body to the morgue. Later, the police handed over the body to the family.

A police officer said the arrest was made after they managed to trace the owner of the vehicle, seized by police at the crime scene. It was learnt that Talha, son of DSP Naveed Irshad, was driving the car at the time of the fatal accident.

According to police sources, the officer handed over his son to the police investigators after news channels flashed the driver’s name as breaking news.

An official said the young driver was produced before the police by his father after the Punjab Inspector General of Police Mushtaq Ahmad Sukhera took notice of the accident involving an underage driver.

A spokesperson for Lahore police said, “The accused will remain in police custody (no matter he has secured his pre-arrest bail).” The police have impounded the vehicle and further investigations are underway. Despite crackdowns on many occasions, Lahore traffic police have failed to check underage drivers in the metropolis.

A recent study finds that the number of underage drivers is growing in Lahore where many people drive cars sans valid driving licenses.

JUNKIES FOUND DEAD: Two junkies were found dead in the Walled City yesterday. Police are investigating both the drug-related deaths after two bodies were discovered from Bhati Gate police precincts. The bodies unidentified so far were moved to the morgue for autopsy, rescue workers said.

A police investigator said that a 40-year-old was found dead near Parinda Market yesterday morning. Hours later, the police recovered another body lying alongside a drain in the same locality.

Eleven young men overdosed and died this year in the Mozang neighbourhood of Lahore after injecting ketamine and sossigon injections.

The high number of these drug-related deaths has raised concerns about the availability and lack of restriction on prescription drugs.