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Crime in Hong Kong

Police hunt for driver of Lexus SUV that injured two customs officers during dramatic escape

After becoming stuck in traffic, driver avoids capture by ploughing his car into vehicles and knocking down two officers

PUBLISHED : Monday, 16 October, 2017, 10:35pm
UPDATED : Tuesday, 17 October, 2017, 12:31am

Hong Kong law enforcement officials were searching for the driver of a luxury SUV on Monday after the vehicle knocked down two customs officers while it ploughed through cars on a Sha Tin street during a dramatic escape.

The two officers were sent to hospital and three cars were damaged in the incident, which was caught on video.

Plain-clothes customs agents tracked down the vehicle as part of an anti-drugs operation on Sha Tin Street outside New Town Plaza at about 4pm, a government source said. They chased the car and were able to corner the Lexus sports utility vehicle when it became stuck in traffic.

In an apparent attempt to lose its pursuers, the SUV surged forward and hit a car in front occupied by officers. The Lexus then backed up and hit another undercover car behind.

Two officers were seen approaching the SUV to open the door on the driver’s side.

But the car did not stop and hit another vehicle before weaving its way out of traffic, knocking the two officers to the ground as it sped away.

A police spokesman said the two injured officers were taken to Prince of Wales Hospital with minor injuries. Police were also searching for the registered owner of the car.

A green minibus was also hit by the suspect’s car, but no one was injured.

The driver who took the video said she backed up and stayed away immediately. “The driver was crazy and rambling,” she said.

Authorities found the abandoned SUV in Wing Hing Wai, Pat Heung, before 9pm on Monday.

As of midnight, no arrests have been made. Investigations are under way.