GEORGE TOWN: Police fired three shots to end a deadly car chase with a 46-year-old suspect believed to be high on drugs, during which he crashed into a disabled man, killing him.
George Town OCPD Asst Comm Soffian Santong said the chase started around 6.40am on Tuesday (June 15) when two policemen patrolling the Datuk Keramat area tried to stop the suspect who was behaving suspiciously in a car at the Jalan P. Ramlee-Jalan Perak traffic light.
"The man sped off, prompting a chase. He ran over a disabled man who was crossing the road at Jalan Perak Road near the market. The victim, 61, was killed at the scene.
“The suspect did not stop and continued to speed towards Van Praagh Road.
“While at Jalan Batu Uban Dua, the suspect was instructed to stop but still acted aggressively and nearly hit a policeman.
“My men had no choice but to resort to firing two shots at the car's rear tyre and also fired a shot at the front of the car, which managed to stop it.
“The suspect was arrested and did not suffer any injuries,” ACP Soffian said in a statement on Tuesday.
ACP Soffian added that police found three packets of heroin on the suspect.
“Investigation revealed that the car used by the suspect was registered in the name of a rental car company in Bayan Lepas.
“The suspect, who lives in Kampung Melayu, Ayer Itam, is a grass cutter and has 16 prior offences related to drugs and other crimes in his criminal record,” he said.