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Traffic and road safety in Hong Kong

Four suspects on the loose after avoiding Hong Kong police roadblock and leading officers on high-speed car chase

White Toyota Alphard registered with fake documents hit one officer and a taxi before occupants abandoned it in Tsuen Wan

PUBLISHED : Friday, 17 November, 2017, 2:06pm
UPDATED : Friday, 17 November, 2017, 11:15pm

Hong Kong police are searching for the driver and three passengers of a seven-seater car after the vehicle made a U-turn in front of a roadblock, knocked down an officer and sped through a red light during a 3km high-speed car chase in the early hours of Friday.

The white Toyota Alphard was heading towards Tuen Mun along the Ting Kau section of Castle Peak Road in Tsuen Wan shortly before 2am.

As it approached Bay Ridge housing estate, the driver made a U-turn in front of a police roadblock and sped away. Officers immediately gave chase.

After travelling about 2km, the Toyota ended up stuck behind a taxi that had stopped at a red light at the junction of Hoi Hing Road and Hoi Kok Road near Tsuen Wan West MTR station. At this point, one of the police vans in pursuit had caught up.

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“A sergeant carrying a baton ordered [the driver and his three male passengers] to leave the car, but they ignored the instructions. The officer smashed the car’s window with the baton as it drove off, hitting the taxi,” a police source said.

The sergeant suffered minor leg injuries and was treated at Yan Chai Hospital.

Soon after, the Alphard was found abandoned outside Adventist Hospital on Tsuen King Circuit, also in the Tsuen Wan district. An empty suitcase was found in the rear passenger seat. Officers searched the area, but no arrests were made.

The source said the car chase had lasted about five minutes.

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Another source said investigations showed the vehicle had been registered with forged documents.

“It is possible the car was used for trafficking illegal drugs,” he said, adding that police were investigating all possibilities.

A sniffer dog was deployed to search the car, but no drugs were found.

Detectives from the Tsuen Wan District crime squad are handling the case, which has been classified as furious driving.