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Accidents and personal safety in Hong Kong

Hong Kong police hunt for man who fled after 25km Christmas morning car chase that saw five vehicles damaged and two people injured

  • Suspect evaded capture by jumping from bridge near airport
  • 14g of Ice and part of smoking device were found in his seven-seater
PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 25 December, 2018, 12:19pm
UPDATED : Tuesday, 25 December, 2018, 2:37pm

Hong Kong police are searching for a man who evaded capture by jumping from a bridge after a 25km Christmas morning car chase that saw five vehicles damaged and two people injured.

Officers found 14g of the illegal drug Ice, with a street value of about HK$7,700 (US$980), and part of a smoking device in the grey seven-seater the suspect had been driving. The man’s passenger, a 26-year-old woman surnamed Lau, was arrested.

The pursuit started a little after 5am on Tuesday, when the suspect ignored a police demand to stop for a search at a roadblock near the Cheung Tsing Tunnel on the Tsing Kwai Highway, a 3.5km section of Route 3 linking Island West to Yuen Long.

Instead, the driver, aged between 30 and 40, continued driving for about 25km before crashing into a stationary taxi outside Terminal 1 of the Hong Kong International Airport.

The impact pushed the taxi into the van in front. Meanwhile, two pursuing police cars also collided because of the sudden stop.

The suspect abandoned his car and fled the scene. Cable News reported that he jumped from the elevated bridge at Cheong Hong Road outside the airport to a zinc iron roof below.

One police officer injured his leg while chasing the man.

The taxi driver, 61, hurt his neck, while the van driver, 46, was not injured.

Airport police are looking into at least four cases related to the incident: drug trafficking, possession of drug-taking tools, dangerous driving and a non-fatal traffic accident.

Ferrari driver among six arrested after speeding car flips

Separately, police carried out two operations the night before Christmas against drug use and drink-driving respectively.

About HK$2.4 million worth of cocaine, weighing 2.1kg in total, was seized from a flat in Tsing Yi during the anti-drug operation, code-named Vanquisher. A local man, aged 29 and surnamed To, and a local woman, aged 33 and surnamed Lee, were arrested and detained.

Operation Quickchaser, conducted by police in Kowloon East, saw 813 cars stopped and their drivers given breath tests. Three men and one woman, aged between 27 and 45, were arrested for failing the tests and have since been released on bail.

A total of 112 vehicles were spotted speeding by police digital radar; tickets will be sent to the drivers later.