Three nabbed after 12km chase ends in fatal crash

BATU PAHAT: Police have arrested three men to help with the investigation of a car accident that caused the death of a 43-year-old man at Jalan Parit Jalil in Parit Sulong here.

Batu Pahat OCPD Asst Comm Ismail Dollah said the accident occurred at 3.30pm on Monday (March 27) when two of the suspects, aged 31 and 39, were in an SUV trailing a Proton car from Tongkang Pechah to Parit Sulong.

“The car came to a sudden halt. The SUV could not stop in time and crashed into the back of the car.

“The impact caused the Proton to veer into the oncoming lane in the path of another car.

“The resulting crash killed the passenger of the Proton, a 43-year-old man. The driver, 42, and passenger, 43, of the other car suffered minor injuries," ACP Ismail said in a statement on Wednesday (March 29).

A follow-up investigation revealed that the SUV driver and his friend had been chasing the Proton driver for 12km for allegedly stealing a mobile phone.

“Police arrested all three at 11pm on Tuesday (March 28) in the Tongkang Pechah area,” he said, adding that a remand order for four days from Thursday (March 30) was being sought.

The case would be investigated under Section 41(1) of the Road Transport Act 1987 for causing death by reckless driving, Section 304(b) of the Penal Code for causing death by negligence, and Section 379 of the Penal Code for theft, he added.

In an unrelated case, ACP Ismail said police were looking for two men who broke into a house and injured a 64-year-old woman.

“The incident occurred at 5am on Wednesday at a house in Bukit Pasir.

“It started when the housewife was waking up and preparing for sahur. She then saw two unknown men after switching on the lights.

“One suspect, armed with a machete, slashed the victim before taking her jewellery,” he said, adding that the woman suffered a minor injury and was treated at Hospital Sultanah Nora Ismail.

The suspects, who broke into the house through the back door, escaped with RM6,000 worth of jewellery.

The case was being investigated under Section 394 of the Penal Code for voluntarily causing harm while committing a robbery, ACP Ismail added.

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