REPORTS have been circulating on social media that a 39-year-old woman, seemingly on account of stress and fear, tried to run over a policeman, ramming several police vehicles and led the police on a dangerous 65km car chase.
Did this happen?
Batu Gajah OCPD Asst Comm Mohamad Roy Suhaimi Sarif confirmed the incident, which he said happened on Sunday (Dec 4).
According to him, at about 2.50am on Sunday, a three-man crime prevention patrol in Batu Gajah had noticed a white multi-purpose vehicle being driven in a suspicious manner.
When the team approached the vehicle, the driver started driving dangerously through Jalan Gopeng, before finally ending up at a dead end near Jalan Malim Nawar.
"The crime prevention team called in back-up from the motorcycle patrol unit as well as the MPV unit in Kampar and Batu Gajah, involving nine police vehicles in total.
"At the dead end, the suspect tried to flee but rammed some of the vehicles and also tried to knock down a policeman while reversing.
"The policeman was forced to fire a shot at the back left tyre of the vehicle, but the suspect managed to flee," he said.
ACP Mohamad Roy said the police team gave chase and the suspect eventually stopped at KM29, Lumut-bound, on Jalan Ipoh-Lumut.
The woman was arrested and taken to the Batu Gajah district police headquarters where nothing unlawful was found in the vehicle.
"The suspect, from Lumut, has no criminal record and her urine test was negative for drugs.
"Initial investigations found that the suspect tried to run from the police because she was scared and angry due to stress," ACP Mohamad Roy said, adding that five police vehicles were damaged.
He also said the suspect was remanded for five days until Dec 8 to help investigations under Sections 307 and 186 of the Penal Code, Section 39 of the Firearms Act 1960, Section 42 of the Road Transport Act, and Rule 10 of the Road Traffic Rules 1959.