JOHOR BARU: A lorry driver was detained after attempting to escape during a police operation at KM7 at the Pandan R&R facility along the Eastern Dispersal Link (EDL) highway here.
Johor Baru South OCPD Asst Comm Mohd Padzli Mohd Zain said the 31-year old man was arrested at around 7.45am on Thursday (Dec 17).
He said the suspect failed to stop the overladen lorry when instructed by police officers.
“Instead, he drove off towards the Sultan Iskandar Customs, Immigration and Quarantine Complex," ACP Padzli said on Friday (Dec 18).
He said policemen on a motorcycle and a patrol car chased after the suspect, adding that policemen fired two shots at the lorry’s tyres to stop it.
ACP Padzli said the driver stopped the lorry after two tyres were shot out and tried to run away. However, he was arrested about 100m away.
“Initial investigations showed that the driver did not have a criminal record but had nine outstanding traffic summonses and tested positive for methamphetamine," he said.
ACP Padzli believed the suspect attempted to run away as the lorry he was driving was overloaded and the Goods Driving Licence (GDL) had expired.
The suspect has been remanded for six days.
The case is being investigated under Section 42 of the Road Transport Act 1987, Section 57(3) of Land Public Transport Act 2010, Section 307 and Section 186 of the Penal Code and Section 15(1) of Dangerous Drugs Act 1952.