Drug-driving suspect in pre-dawn car chase

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 19 October, 2010, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 19 October, 2010, 12:00am

A man suspected of driving under the influence of an illegal drug was arrested after a 20-kilometre high-speed car chase that ended in a cul-de-sac before dawn yesterday, where a pursuing police car rammed a parked car and the suspect pulled out a knife, police said.

The drama began at about 3am when the 25-year-old man in a delivery van reversed and made a U-turn at a police road block in Castle Peak Road, Cheung Sha Wan. Three police vehicles gave chase.

The van was followed to nearby Kom Tsun Street, from where it travelled along Kwai Chung Road and onto Tuen Mun Road. 'During the chase along Tuen Mun Road, the van was seen travelling at high speed and overtaking other vehicles. It was captured by a speed camera that recorded it above the speed limit of 100km/h,' a police officer said.

At Sham Tseng, the vehicle turned into New Territories-bound Castle Peak Road where a police motorcycle and another patrol car joined the chase. It circled at a roundabout near Hong Kong Gold Coast in Tuen Mun and turned into Tsuen Wan-bound Castle Peak Road.

'He probably spotted our officers waiting for him near Sham Tseng and he made a U-turn near Tsing Lung Tau,' another police officer said.

'[The van] ran along the wrong side of the Kowloon-bound Castle Peak Road for about 800 metres before turning into Lung Yue Road.'

After entering a cul-de-sac in Yuen Tun Village, the driver jumped out and fled towards an arriving police car, which veered to avoid him and hit a parked car.

'He then lost his footing and fell on to the ground. As our colleagues approached him, he drew out a 12-inch knife and tried to attack a sergeant,' the second officer said.

'The sergeant dodged and fell on to the ground, suffering minor injuries. Three other officers immediately rushed forward to stop him [the suspect].' He said the suspect was arrested after a struggle that lasted for about a minute. Two packets containing a total of two grams of a substance believed to be cocaine were found outside and on board the van.

The man was later charged with dangerous driving, assaulting police officers and possession of drugs. He will be taken to Tsuen Wan court today.