A manhunt is under way for a 19-year-old motorist who led police on a high-speed chase from Ngau Tau Kok to Kwun Tong at dawn yesterday.
The man abandoned his white Lexus and his girlfriend - and left behind a wallet containing his identity card after crashing onto a pavement, police say.
The 3km chase took pursuing officers through Kowloon Bay and Sau Mau Ping. In just five minutes, the driver jumped at least six red lights and drove on the wrong side of the road, speeding well beyond the 50km/h limit.
"The man is the holder of a learner's licence that has expired," a police source familiar with the case said. "We believe he is also the owner of the vehicle."
Police arrested the driver's girlfriend, 22, who tried to flee on foot with him, but lost her balance and fell. Officers seized a meat cleaver wrapped in bandages from the car.
Yesterday's chase began shortly after 5.15am when a traffic policeman noticed the car being driven erratically on Ngau Tau Kok Road near Ngau Tau Kok MTR station.
The car sped away when officers tried to stop it. The driver turned into Chun Wah Road, then Hong Ning Road before running down a slope on Hip Wo Street.
"In an effort to elude police, he drove on the wrong side of the road while overtaking vehicles that blocked his way," another police officer said.
But he lost control and the car mounted a pavement and came to a halt on Hung To Road.
"The driver and his female passenger jumped out and fled on foot," the officer said. "The woman was caught at the scene after she lost her footing and fell."
The woman was arrested on suspicion of possessing an offensive weapon. She complained of feeling unwell and was treated at United Christian Hospital in Kwun Tong.
She was being held for questioning last night and had not been charged. Officers also raided the driver's home in Kwun Tong.
The Kwun Tong anti-triad squad want to question the driver about the cleaver and on suspicion of dangerous driving.