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A fugitive is recovering in hospital after leaving a trail of destruction during a police chase in Brazil.
Welington Goncalves dos Santos was seen on live TV smashing into cars and police motorbikes after escaping from prison in Sao Paulo.
He crashes and weaves his way through city centre traffic until he finds his escape route blocked by a 4X4.
The convict then throws the stolen car into reverse at high speed and rams into four police bikes.
One officer shoots him in the hand as a presenter on TV channel Ao Viva gives a frenetic commentary.
Convict tries to smash his way through the traffic jam
The suspect drives off again and tries to smash his way through the traffic.
A man in the wrecked 4X4 flees in terror and an armed officer runs after him with his gun pointed before realising he is not the wanted man.
Police surround the fugitive's vehicle before taking him into custody.