End of the road: The car driven by the suspect lying inverted in a drain along Jalan Lembing in Taman Pelangi, Johor Baru.
JOHOR BARU: The Ninja Squad from the Johor Baru South (JBS) police district headquarters here arrested a suspected car thief following a 5km chase.
The drama ended with the suspect’s car plunging into a monsoon drain and despite being injured, he tried to escape from the vehicle.
JBS OCPD Asst Comm Sulaiman Salleh said the suspect, however, could not get away as his officers had already surrounded the area.
“Our officers first instructed the suspect to pull his vehicle over along Jalan Keris in Taman Pelangi after noticing his suspicious behaviour.
“The suspect refused to stop and sped away towards a housing area along Jalan Lembing,” he said in a statement.
He said officers on motorcycles gave chase, adding that was when the suspect’s vehicle plunged into the drain.
“The man then smashed the rear screen and tried to crawl out but was arrested,” he said.
ACP Sulaiman said the suspect, in his 40s and unemployed, had eight previous criminal records and was on the police wanted list.
He urged the owner of the stolen white Honda City to go to the Kulaijaya District police headquarters to assist in investigations.