Police have urged people not to politicise the incident where a driver of an overloaded lorry with a PKR flag on its hood ignored warnings by authorities to stop and went on a rampage ramming into 15 cars in a bid to escape.
A 27-year-old lorry driver has been detained after hitting 15 vehicles while trying to evade a police check, while a video of the incident is going viral on social media.
The incident began at noon at Batu 9, Cheras, where the overladen lorry was flagged down by a Kajang traffic policeman.
Instead of complying with the instruction, the driver sped off and the policeman gave chase after calling for back-up from the Subang Jaya district police headquarters.
Six patrol cars and two motorcycle patrol units joined in the pursuit from Kajang all the way to USJ1.
As the chase dragged on, police attempted to stop the lorry by shooting out its tyres.
In spite of the vehicle’s damaged wheels, the lorry driver pressed on but moved at a much slower pace.
A 27-second video clip of the chase, captured by a witness, shows the heavy vehicle and the fleet of police cars on its tail moving at barely 15km per hour.
In a final bid to escape, the driver stepped on the accelerator which caused him to lose control of the lorry and plough into 15 cars parked by the road shoulder in USJ1.
When the lorry finally came to a halt near an apartment in USJ1, the driver attempted to flee on foot.
However, several passers-by managed to overpower the suspect and handed him over to the police.
The suspect was taken to the Subang Jaya district police headquarters and the case has been classified as attempted murder under Section 307 of the Penal Code.
Subang Jaya district police chief Assistant Commissioner Mohammad Azlin Sadari urged members of the public not to speculate on the incident as an investigation is ongoing.