Dutch police cars donated to Sint Maarten broken down

2008 BMW M3 E92 in Dutch police livery
A 2008 BMW M3 E92 outfitted in Dutch police colors shown off in Noord-Brabant. (file photo)

Five of the 15 police cars the Netherlands gave to Sint Maarten after hurricane Irma, don't run anymore, the island's Justice Minister Cornelius de Weever said to newspaper The Daily Herald. 

The parts of the five broken down cars are being used to keep the ten remaining cars up and running, he said. How they broke is unclear. 

Sint Maarten was hit hard by hurricane Irma on September 6th last year. The majority of the island's buildings and infrastructure were damaged or destroyed. The island asked the Netherlands for police cars, because their's were destroyed.

The police cars from the Netherlands are used to help maintain a curfew on the island and to increase the visibility of the police. A number of Dutch police officers are still on the island to help out. 

Sint Maarten parliamentarian Chistophe Emanuel told the newspaper that the cars were already in disrepair when they arrived on the island. According to him, they were written off in the Netherlands before being sent to Sint Maarten.

De Weever also said that three other police cars never arrived on the island.