Merzouk was driving a yellow Mercedes when he was approached by the police. The 17-year-old was pulled over because so young and was driving a Mercedes with Polish licence plates in a bus lane. He allegedly drove through a red light to avoid being stopped. Given the circumstances, it was suspected that he was driving a stolen car. A Mercedes is not something a migrant family can afford to buy. He had previously been cited for driving without a licence and for refusing to comply with an order to stop. The French media sensationally reported it as a racially biased act of police brutality and may be responsible for triggering the riots.
A yellow mercedes refurbished in Poland is a car these youngsters like to show off with.
It is certainly not uncommon.
This young man was 17 years old and even didn't have a driving license.
He refused to stop because he wanted to show off how though he was.
He tested the limits and this time it went terribly wrong.