A suspected leader of a criminal group, believed to be active in breaking into business premises and offices in Kuantan, attempted to crash into the police team pursuing him in his desperation to escape.
Kuantan police chief ACP Mohamad Noor Yusof Ali said the 25-year-old man was arrested around 10am yesterday after police pursued his car for about six kilometres from Cenderawasih to Jalan Sungai Lembing in Kuantan.
“The suspect, who hails from Taman Tas in Kuantan, was aware of the police presence, prompting him to accelerate the car and tried to crash into the police vehicle.
“The suspect's actions led police to open fire at the rear tyre of the vehicle that hit the target,” he told reporters.
Mohamad Noor said a policeman was also injured in the left leg but was reported to be in stable condition at Tengku Ampuan Afzan Hospital in Kuantan.
Also arrested was the suspect’s 24-year-old girlfriend, who hailed from Felda Purun, Triang in Bera, who was in the vehicle.
"A search of the vehicle found a modified Y-type spanner, and both suspects tested positive for amphetamine,” he said.
Mohamad Noor said the group headed by the suspect was paralysed after police arrested its members, comprising four men and a woman on Nov 14.
All the suspects, aged between 22 and 38, were arrested in two separate raids at a hotel here and four of them including the female suspect tested positive for drugs.
“During the arrest on Nov 14, police seized two cars, 10 different types of smartphones, RM1,259 in cash, various home-breaking equipment and stolen swiftlet nests,” he said.
Mohamad Noor said the investigation was conducted under Section 457 of the Penal Code which carries a maximum jail term of 14 years and also liable to a fine or whipping for the second or subsequent offences, upon conviction.