Accident victim-turned-handbag thief arrested

SHAH ALAM: A man, who snatched a handbag from the vehicle of a woman who had hit his car from behind, has been detained.The suspect was arrested to assist in investigations after he lodged a report on the accident at KM14.6 of the Federal Highway, said Shah Alam OCPD Asst Comm Baharudin Mat Taib.

“Investigations showed that the accident, which went viral on social media, occurred at 1.33pm on Saturday and involved three vehicles.

“The woman, who was driving a BMW, accidentally hit a Proton Gen-2 driven by the man, from behind.

“The impact of the collision saw the Gen-2 hitting another vehicle in front,” he said in a statement, adding that no one was injured.

Witnesses or those with information on the accident are urged to contact Shah Alam Traffic Investigation and Enforcement division’s assistant investigating officer Sjn Hafizi Hashim at 013-955 7042.

A video clip showed the man asking for the woman’s MyKad.

The situation became more tense when he was seen grabbing the woman’s handbag from her car.

The woman also claimed that the man had assaulted her.

Meanwhile, nine men have been detained for driving while intoxicated during an operation in Kuala Lumpur.

The operation, codenamed “Ops Samseng Jalanan”, was conducted in Jalan Genting Klang, Jalan P. Ramlee, Jalan Kuching, Jalan Tun Razak and Duta-Ulu Klang Expressway from Friday until yesterday.

Kuala Lumpur Traffic Investigation and Enforcement Department (JSPT) chief Asst Comm Sarifudin Mohd Salleh said the nine men aged between 25 and 57 had blood alcohol levels beyond the permitted limit.

“They were detained under Section 45(A) of the Road Transport Act 1987,” he said in a statement.

Four motorcyclists were also detained for riding dangerously while another was arrested for riding a stolen motorcycle.

“We also detained a 23-year-old for modifying his motorcycle’s number plates,” he said.

ACP Sarifudin said some 550 summonses were issued for various offences and 11 motorcycles were seized for illegal modifications.

He urged those with questions to contact the Jalan Tun H.S. Lee police station (Traffic) at 03-2071 9999 or KL JSPT hotline at 03-2026 0267/69 or the nearest police station.

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