IPOH - A suspected car thief rammed into a police car to avoid arrest near a hotel in Jalan Raja DiHilir here.
The suspect, in his 30s, deliberately crashed the Toyota Camry he was driving into the police car and managed to flee from the scene at about 11.30pm on Tuesday.
Police had earlier received a tip-off on a car theft syndicate and sent a team from the Criminal Investigation Department to check, said Perak police chief Senior Deputy Comm Datuk Acryl Sani Abdullah Sani.
"We found four luxury cars, including the Toyota Camry, a Toyota Mark X, a Toyota Vellfire and a BMW 3 Series parked outside the hotel.
"Minutes later, a man dashed into the Camry, started the car engine and rammed the vehicle into the police car," he told a press conference here yesterday.
SDCP Acryl Sani said the police fired several shots at the car in an attempt to stop the suspect from fleeing.
The Camry was found in Jalan Yang Kalsom at about 1am yesterday, he said.
At the hotel, the police also found three women from Johor, aged between 24 and 53, in a room.
"They confessed to following several men to Ipoh in the four cars," he said.
SDCP Acryl Sani said all four vehicles were reported stolen and had fake registration number plates.
"We believe the cars were to be shipped out illegally to neighbouring countries," he said, adding that the syndicate had been active since 2010.
The police are looking for Lee Woon Fong, 32, from Pengkalan Indah here and Ng Chee Kuan, 26, from Taman Ungku Tun Aminah, Skudai Johor, to facilitate investigations.