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Local man fined for dangerous driving, ignoring police orders

Fadley Faisal

A local man was ordered to settle a BND2,500 fine after he pleaded guilty to charges of dangerous driving and failing to stop on police orders.

Mohammad Khairul Adzmie bin Sahari, 39, would have to serve two months and two weeks’ jail in default of payment.

Prosecutor Hajah Siti Mu’izzah binti Haji Sabli revealed that the incident began with the defendant running away from Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) officers, who were trying to arrest him at Rumah Pusat Bahagia, Kampong Sibut on the evening of February 2, 2021.

The NCB sought for Bangar Police to detain the defendant, who escaped in his car, while giving him chase.

At 7.45pm, as the defendant was driving along Jalan Labu, he saw a police roadblock ahead and made a U-turn on a single carriageway despite the oncoming traffic, causing chaos to other road users.

The police saw the defendant’s car and chased after him.

As the high speed pursuit went in the opposite direction, other motorists were taken by surprise and the defendant kept ignoring police orders even when they were alongside his car.

The police overtook him in an attempt to slow him down, but instead, the defendant rammed into the back of the police car.

The collision brought the cars of the defendant and the police to a halt.

However, the defendant attempted to drive away but hit a roadside barrier, leading to his arrest.

On handing her sentence, Magistrate Nur Eleana binti Dato Seri Paduka Haji Hairol Arni gave weight to the fact that the defendant had endangered other road users and the police during the pursuit, risking lives in a selfish attempt to evade the law.