ALOR SETAR - Kedah police nabbed two men armed with a revolver and fake gun after a high-speed chase along the North-South Expressway near Changlun.
The chase over several kilometres ended when the Perodua MyVi driven by the suspects crashed into a police patrol car that overtook it.
The suspects, one of them a security guard, tried to make a dash for it but were overpowered by policemen in the 2.30pm incident on Friday.
Besides a .30 Smith & Wesson revolver and a fake gun, police also recovered a packet of ball-bearings, believed to be for use in the fake gun.
Kedah police chief Senior Deputy Comm Datuk Zamri Yahya said his men had signalled at the suspects to pull over after tailing them for a distance.
"But they sped off instead. We gave chase and closed in on them. The driver lost control and rammed into the back of one of our patrol cars,'' he told reporters at the state police contingent headquarters here yesterday.
SDCP Zamri said the other suspect was a lorry driver. "One of the suspects has a previous record for drug abuse.
He said the suspects, aged 20 and 30, were under remand, adding: "We are investigating all angles, including whether the firearms were to be used to commit crime or meant for hire.
"We believe the firearms were smuggled in from a neighbouring country."
SDCP Zamri said the case would be investigated under Section 8 of the Firearms Act 1971 (Increased Penalties) for possession of firearms without licence, which carries a jail term of up to 14 years and six strokes of the rotan if convicted.
On the fake firearm, police are investigating under Section 36(1) of the Firearms Act 1960 which carries a jail term of not more than one year or fine of not more than RM5,000 or both if convicted.
In another incident, SDCP Zamri said police arrested three men for having 8.8kg of cannabis near Changlun on Saturday night.
The cannabis in nine compressed slabs were found in the bonnet of the car.