KOTA TINGGI: A suspected lorry thief drowned after jumping into Sungai Johor here in an attempt to escape the police.
Kota Tinggi OCPD Supt Hussin Zamora said the incident happened at around 12.15pm on Monday (Feb 8).
“A police team on patrol spotted a lorry involved in a hit-and-run incident with another vehicle along Jalan Kota Tinggi-Johor Baru here.
“We gave chase to the lorry in an attempt to stop the two suspects but they left the vehicle near Semanggar bridge and immediately jumped into Sungai Johor, ” he said here.
He added one of the suspects was believed to have drowned due to the strong river currents while the other suspect was able to escape along the riverbank.
Supt Hussin said a search and rescue operation was immediately carried out with the assistance from the Fire and Rescue Department.
“The body is recovered by the department’s diving team at around 6pm. The body got tangled with pieces of wood some 50m from where the suspect had jumped, ” he added.
He also said the victim, who is a local and in his 30s, died at the scene and his body has been sent to the Kota Tinggi Hospital for a post-mortem.
Supt Hussin added police have classified the case as sudden death while checks on the lorry found it was reported stolen in the Kepong area.
He said police were in the midst of tracking down the other suspect who escaped at the scene.