Unlicensed driver arrested after crash, car chase

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 31 January, 2013, 3:54pm
UPDATED : Thursday, 31 January, 2013, 3:54pm

An unlicensed driver was arrested after his car crashed while fleeing from police in Tsim Sha Tsui on Thursday morning.

The Pakistani man, 29, was driving home in Hung Hom at the time of the incident, shortly before 3am, in a car owned by his friend, police said. He had attended a drug party in Tsim Sha Tsui before going home, they said.

Driving down Bristol Avenue, the man spotted a police roadblock, officers said. “The car stopped near the roadblock, reversed for about 30 metres and hit a taxi. Police gave chase,” one officer said.

“After the collision, it made a U-turn but rammed into the gate of a shop. It came to a stop while trying to drive off, slamming into a traffic sign.”

The man could be charged with furious driving, driving without a licence and third-party insurance, and possession of an illegal drug, police said. Officers said he was carrying a small quantity of cocaine.

One witness said a pursing policeman dragged the driver out of the vehicle. The driver suffered minor leg injuries in the incident, and was being treated at Queen Elizabeth Hospital, according to police.

The driver is understood to have lived in Hong Kong for more than 10 years and works as a delivery man.