4km car chase in busy Malaysia town
A 4KM chase through a densely populated town in Petaling Jaya ended in several smashed cars and the suspected robbers' vehicle almost ramming into a group of children.
It started when a patrol car arrived at D'Rimba Apartments, in Kota Damansara, to inspect a parked Proton Wira at about 3.45pm on Saturday.
On seeing the police, four men inside the car, believed to be been stolen in Kelana Jaya earlier this year, jumped into a black Proton Waja and drove off, ramming into several cars parked along the road.
Petaling Jaya district police chief Arjunaidi Mohamed said the chase lasted more than one hour, and took place amid heavy rain.
"They almost hit a man in his 50s who was standing beside the road. While reversing, they nearly hit him again," Assistant Commissioner Arjunaidi said.
Policemen then fired at the car in a bid to stop the suspects from hitting the man.
This caused the suspects to lose control of the car, which smashed into another car, barely missing children who were playing nearby.
"The four suspects managed to escape," said Mr Arjunaidi, adding that the Waja was reported stolen in Ipoh earlier this year.
Muhamad Syafiq Ikmal, 13, who was playing with friends, said the suspects' car nearly rammed into them before it crashed.
"We heard two shots and then this car comes speeding towards us and hit the other car. I saw the men get out. Some of them were wearing orange shirts, like they were prisoners. Then the police came. We were all so shocked by the whole thing," he said.
THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK