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Gun drawn and window smashed as Hong Kong police arrest two men in high-speed car chase

Meat cleaver and HK$3,000 in illegal drugs found in Volkswagen Golf that ran roadblock

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 17 October, 2018, 2:01pm
UPDATED : Wednesday, 17 October, 2018, 10:53pm

A high-speed car chase in Hong Kong on Wednesday saw one police officer drawing a gun and another smashing the window of a Volkswagen Golf with a baton before arresting two suspected triad members, the driver and a passenger, in the vehicle.

A police search was ongoing for another two passengers, a man and a woman, who managed to exit the white vehicle and escape during the predawn pursuit.

Illegal drugs with an estimated street value of nearly HK$3,000 (US$383) were found in the car and seized, along with a meat cleaver.

The early morning chase began when the Volkswagen sped through a police roadblock on Prince Edward Road near Shek Ku Lung Road Playground in San Po Kong soon after 3am. The roadblock was part of an anti-drink-driving operation in the Kowloon East region.

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With police in pursuit, the Volkswagen turned onto Choi Hung Road and then Po Kong Village Road, where it made a U-turn and then drove back onto Choi Hung Road.

“The vehicle sped through several sets of red lights during the pursuit,” a police source said.

After travelling about 3km, the suspects ended up stuck behind another car that had stopped at a red light at the junction of Choi Hung Road and Tseuk Luk Street, about 700 metres from the roadblock, allowing police to intercept them.

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“As the vehicle tried to leave and swerve right to ram our colleague, the officer drew a gun and ordered the driver to stop,” the source said.

“Another officer had to use a baton to break the car’s front right window when he still tried to drive off.”

Police then dragged the 28-year-old male driver out of the car and handcuffed him. A 33-year-old male passenger was also arrested. Another police source said the two men arrested were suspected members of the Wo Shing Wo triad.

He said it was possible the car was used to deliver drugs at the time of the incident. “We don’t rule out the possibility that the pair fled with illegal drugs,” he said.

No shots were fired during the incident, and no one was injured.

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A sniffer dog was brought in for a vehicle search. Officers seized HK$2,930 worth of illegal drugs, including cocaine, crystal meth and cannabis, as well as the meat cleaver.

The driver was arrested for dangerous driving, drug trafficking and possession of an offensive weapon. The passenger was arrested for drug trafficking and possession of an offensive weapon.

As of 4.30pm, the pair who escaped were still on the run. The two men arrested were still being held for questioning and had not been charged.