SIBU: A 43-year-old man has been arrested for driving recklessly and endangering the lives of police officers.
Sibu OCPD Asst Comm Stanley Jonathan Ringgit said around 12.50pm on Monday (Sept 16), a police officer, on beat duty in an MPV with a colleague, at the traffic light intersection on Jalan Tunku Abdul Rahman near Sibu Hospital, spotted a four-wheel drive (4WD) vehicle jumping the red light.
"The officers gave chase, switched on the beacon light and sounded the siren to ask the driver to stop," he said.
The driver of the 4WD vehicle, however, ignored them, and this led to a chase.
"At the junction of Jalan Kemuyang, the driver suddenly hit the brakes, which almost caused a collision with the police MPV.
"The police had to swerve to avoid an accident," he said.
The police officer, who filed a report over the case, also fired a shot at the rear right tyre of the vehicle to disable it.
"Even then, the driver did not stop but sped towards the direction of Jalan Sibu-Bintulu.
"Arriving at mile 12 of the road, the suspect stopped the vehicle, cursed the police officers and showed them the middle finger," he added.
ACP Stanley said when the policeman introduced himself to the suspect, he refused to cooperate but went into his vehicle and sped off again.
Another chase ensued.
The suspect, from Jalan Abang Amin in Bintangor, was finally apprehended 3.2km.later with the help of two other MPVs who were called up for reinforcement.
The police also seized the suspect's vehicle.
ACP Stanley said the suspect had been remanded for investigation under Section 186 of the Penal Code for obstructing the police in the discharge of their duty, Section 307 and 509 of the same Code for driving in a dangerous manner that could cause death and for his insulting gesture.
The suspect tested positive for methamphetamine, he said.