Sabah cops arrest man who rammed MCO roadblock after high-speed chase

The suspect who rammed through a roadblock kneeling on the ground after being arrested by police in Kota Kinabalu early this morning.

KOTA KINABALU: A man who rammed through a movement control order (MCO) roadblock was arrested after a high-speed chase that lasted over an hour this morning.

Police said the 26-year-old man, who was travelling with a woman and her baby girl, had a prior conviction for narcotics.

A police patrol car (MPV) spotted the car at Kampung Cenderakasih in Kolombong near here at 1.30am and attempted to intercept it to question the occupants.

Instead of slowing down, the driver tried to ram the police car before speeding off.

A chase ensued with the police trailing the car from Jalan Lintas here to the Penampang district and then to the city centre. At this point, four other MPVs and seven traffic policemen joined in the pursuit.

Police said the driver again tried to ram the police cars and also went against the flow of traffic. He then rammed through a Covid-19 police roadblock at Jalan Lintas.

City police chief Habibi Majinji said the policemen continued chasing the car and used their loud-speakers to order the man to stop but he continued driving in a reckless manner.

Policemen inspecting the car involved in a high-speed chase in Kota Kinabalu.

“The suspect continued to defy orders from the police to stop. At the same time, we were concerned about the baby’s safety,” he said when contacted today.

On reaching a sharp bend at Jalan Bukit Bendera near the city centre, the car suddenly came to a halt at the side of the road, he said. It was later found that the vehicle had run out of fuel.

“We apprehended the man and brought out the 31-year-old woman and her 22-month-old baby from the car. She is an acquaintance of the man,” he said.

Habibi said they did not find any prohibited items in the car, adding the suspect was being investigated for ramming through the roadblock.