Driver allegedly provoked cop when asked for licence

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  • Sunday, 08 Dec 2019

IPOH: A traffic offender with a record of nine previous offences who could not produce a driving licence allegedly provoked a police officer while his pregnant wife recorded the altercation.

The almost two-and-a-half-minute video went viral and the 33-year-old lorry driver was arrested on Friday at his house in Taman Keledang Emas here, together with his 29-year-old wife, who is seven months pregnant.

Ipoh OCPD Asst Comm A. Asmadi Abdul Aziz said the man would be remanded until tomorrow while the wife was released on police bail because of her condition.

The incident occurred on Thursday along the Pasir Putih-Lahat road at about 9.45am after Lahat police station chief Sub-Insp Zulkifli Md Asid stopped the lorry for transporting a car skeleton in a dangerous manner.

“The altercation with the officer started after the suspect failed to produce his driving licence when requested and also told the officer his MyKad was not with him.

“When the officer asked about the car frame and took out a police investigation report document, the man’s wife started recording with her mobile phone,” he told a press conference at the Ipoh police district headquarters here yesterday.ACP Asmadi said the suspect had since 2003 committed nine traffic offences, with four arrest warrants issued against him.

The suspect also has a criminal record of four previous cases involving robbery as well as drug-related and minor offences, he added.

The latest case is being investigated under Section 186 of the Penal Code for obstructing a policeman from discharging his duties.

In the video, the wife also keeps accusing the officer of asking for money, to which Sub-Insp Zulkifli tells her to stop, saying that he did not do so.

“The couple then left the place but not before the suspect told the officer that he was going to lodge a police report against him,” said ACP Asmadi.

He commended Sub-Insp Zulkifli, who was also present at the press conference, for handling the situation in a calm manner.

“He (Zulkifli) will be retiring in March, and given his 39-year experience in the force, he handled the situation well,” he said.

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