Policeman dies in road crash while chasing suspected criminals

JOHOR BAHRU (BERNAMA) – A policeman was killed and another seriously injured in a road accident when their patrol car crashed into an SUV and overturned while pursuing suspected criminals in a car at Jalan Kangkar Tebrau/Jalan Tun Teja yesterday.

Johor Police Chief Datuk Ayob Khan Mydin Pitchay said Constable Nicholester Dadup Unggat, 20, was killed on the spot in the accident that occurred at about 5am.

He said the victim and Lance Corporal Mohammad Fadhirul Musa, 32, spotted two men in a vehicle in a suspicious manner along Jalan Tebrau and ordered them to stop, but the car sped off.

“The policemen, both from Dato’ Onn police station, gave chase before their car grazed the vehicle and crashed into an SUV carrying two men at Jalan Kangkar Tebrau/Jalan Tun Teja,” he said when met at the Forensic Department of Sultan Ismail Hospital .

The impact of the collision caused the patrol car to overturn, killing Nicholester and injuring Mohammad Fadhirul as well as the two men in the SUV, he added.

Ayob Khan said the vehicle escaped and the police are now tracking down the two men in the car.

Meanwhile, Tebrau Fire and Rescue Station Operation Commander Kamsani Aswan said seven firemen in two engines rushed to the scene after receiving a distress call at 6.24am.

He said the body of Nicholester was taken to the Sultan Ismail Hospital and the injured victims were also sent there for treatment.

Johor Police Chief Datuk Ayob Khan Mydin Pitchay conveys his condolences to the family of the late Constable Nicholester Dadup Unggat. PHOTO: BERNAMA