KOTA KINABALU: Two suspected burglars almost managed to flee a police roadblock when one of them lost control of the motorcycle they were riding and crashed into a drain in the Tawau district.
They were then detained by the authorities.
The men, aged 33 and 42, were travelling to the town centre from the Merotai area when they ran into the traffic operation right in front of a police station on Jalan Bombalai
Tawau OCPD Asst Comm Jasmin Hussin said the pair quickly made a U-turn and sped off the other way but the rider lost control of the motorcycle.
"As a result, they crashed on the left side of the road before plunging into a drain," he said when contacted on Saturday (July 16).
The policemen on duty ran over to the suspects, who put up a struggle before they were eventually restrained, he said.
"A check found that they were in possession of two bags filled with various items including wrenches and pliers that we suspect were used by them to break into houses," he said.
ACP Jasmin said the suspects had 17 past criminal convictions between them, including drug offences.