Suspect loses pants in chase by cops

Suspect loses pants in chase by cops
NABBED: (Above) A 35-year-old man being arrested for dangerous driving.

First, they sped through a police road block and ignored the traffic policemen who gave chase.

When their escape route was hindered by a lorry, both the driver and passenger abandoned the car and fled on foot.

The 10-minute chase ended only when the driver was arrested by the police at 11.50pm on Tuesday.

"It was like a scene right out of a police drama," an eyewitness who wanted to be known as Mr Ye, 22, told evening daily Lianhe Wanbao.

The factory worker was about to leave a coffee shop with his friends when he heard a ruckus from across the road.

He turned and saw two traffic policemen on their bikes chasing a black car along Geylang Road.

When the car reached the junction of Lorong 34 Geylang and Geylang Road, where a lorry was parked, the driver and the passenger abandoned their car and bolted in different directions.

Said Mr Ye: "I saw a man in a black top running out from Lorong 34, huffing and puffing while resting his body against a wall.

"He had a bag slung around his body and he seemed to be clutching onto something tightly in his hand."

After resting for less than five minutes, he ran towards Sims Avenue and disappeared out of sight, Mr Ye told Wanbao.

As for the other man, believed to be the driver, he flung his red slippers and ran barefoot across the road towards Lorong 33 Geylang, ignoring the stream of traffic, Mr Ye said.

"There was a policeman hot on his heels. In less than five minutes, the driver walked out from one of the alleys, handcuffed," he said.

Mr Ye noted that the driver was bleeding on his forehead and knees.

"When he entered the police car, he was wearing a top and boxer shorts. I think his pants must have been ripped off in the chase," the factory worker told Wanbao.

In a news release, a police spokesman said that the Traffic Police had given chase because the car had sped through a road block at Lorong 14 Geylang.

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The car had initially approached the road block "in a slow but unsteady manner", but surged past the road block when officers asked to do a spot check on the driver.

"The officers immediately gave chase and exercised due care during the pursuit," the spokesman said.

After a short chase, a 35-year-old man was arrested for dangerous driving.

The Traffic Police are also investigating the driver for failing to stop when ordered by a police officer, driving while under disqualification, using a motor vehicle without insurance coverage and driving without the car owner's consent.

Drivers found guilty of dangerous driving will lose their licences.

First-time offenders may be fined up to $3,000, and/or jailed up to a year.

Repeat offenders may be fined a maximum of $5,000 and/or jailed up to two years.

 

This article was first published on April 23, 2015.
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