Drink-Driver Arrested For Ramming Toyota Vellfire Into Roadblock In Penang

The incident happened at the Tun Dr Lim Chong Eu Expressway in George Town on Wednesday night, 9 June.

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The police have arrested a man who was driving under the influence, causing him to ram his Toyota Vellfire into a roadblock at the Tun Dr Lim Chong Eu Expressway in George Town, Penang

The suspect is believed to be a 57-year-old businessman, reported Bernama.

Timur Laut district police chief ACP Soffian Santong said in a statement that the man was driving dangerously at the time of the incident at 8.30pm on Wednesday, 9 June.

Soffian added that the man almost hit a police officer on duty there at that scene.

"During the incident , the policeman on duty at the roadblock heard a loud crash and saw a Toyota Vellfire ramming a safety cone and dragging it to the tent set up near the roadblock," the police chief said

Fortunately, Soffian said that no personnel were injured from the incident.

He said that there were 15 officers and personnel consisting of the police, the Civil Defence Force (APM), and People's Volunteer Corps (RELA) on duty that night.

A police signage, a beacon light, and a safety cone were damaged during the incident, New Straits Times quoted him as saying.

"An alcohol test carried out on the driver showed it was beyond the permissible limit," he revealed.

Timur Laut district police chief ACP Soffian Santong.

Image via New Straits Times

The man has been remanded for two days

The case is being investigated under Section 45(A)(1) of the Road Transport Act and Section 279 of the Penal Code for driving under the influence of liquour and rash driving respectively.

It will also be investigated under Section 26(2) of the Police Act and Section 22(b) of the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases Act 1988.

Police found that the suspect had a string of 38 previous summonses, all of which have been settled. A majority of the previous offences involved speeding.

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