Man arrested for driving under the influence rams into roadblock in Penang

GEORGE TOWN: A 57-year-old man was detained after ramming a roadblock at Tun Dr Lim Chong Eu Expressway here on Wednesday (June 9).

George Town OCPD Asst Comm Soffian Santong said the suspect, a businessman from Sungai Nibong, was driving dangerously in the 8.30pm incident.

"During the incident, a policeman on duty at the roadblock heard a loud crash and saw a multipurpose vehicle ramming a safety cone and dragging it to the tent set up nearby the roadblock," he said in a statement on Thursday (June 10).

ACP Soffian said the policeman then detained the suspect, who was believed to have been driving under the influence.

ACP Soffian said the incident damaged several items such as equipment denoting the essential vehicle lane and other signage, a beacon lamp and safety cones.

ACP Soffian said initial investigations found there was no CCTV in the area, but there are several witnesses who were at the scene during the incident.

He said the suspect has no prior criminal record, but has 38 traffic summonses before this, which had been all paid.

A breathalyser test revealed that the suspect's blood alcohol level was over the permitted level, he added.

The case has been classified under Section 279 of the Penal Code for reckless driving, Section 22(b) of the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases Act 1988, and Section 26(2) of the Police Act.

"The suspect will also be investigated under Section 45A(1) of Road Transport Act 1987," he said.

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