A policeman attached to Kulim Hi-Tech police station suffered bleeding in the brain and a cracked skull after a pickup truck driver rammed into him in an attempt to escape from the cops on Saturday (16 July).
According to Harian Metro, the victim, Corporal Muhammad Khairul Syafiq Ahmad, is hospitalised in the red zone in Hospital Kulim and is still unconscious due to the extensive head bleeding.
Khairul is married and shares a 9-year-old child with his wife. He has served in the police force for nine years.
Kulim district police chief Superintendent Mohd Redzuan Salleh said that the incident happened at 9.20 am when Khairul and his colleague were chasing a male driver of a Nissan Frontier.
He also said a witness of the incident saw 2 policemen on motorcycles giving the suspect a chase from Kulim Polytechnic heading towards Jalan Sungai Ular.
The witness also saw the driver, while fleeing, hit a policeman until the victim fell off the bike. He then chased the suspect heading towards Pekan Kulim before making his way to Bukit Mertajam via Machang Bubok.
He added that the suspect drove recklessly during the chase and knocked into some other cars.
The chase continued past Sungai Dua Highway, turning into Bagan Jermal in Seberang Perai before the suspect met a dead end in a housing area.
Mohd Redzuan said the squad from the Kulim police station managed to apprehend the suspect with help from the Seberang Perai Tengah police station.
The 45-year-old suspect was from Sungai Petani and possesses 3 criminal records. The suspect also tested positive for drugs in a urine test.
Mohd Redzuan said the initial investigations revealed that the suspect modified his vehicle by placing the fuel tank in the cargo compartment. He added that the police believed that the suspect could have been involved in fuel smuggling.
The case is being investigated under Section 307/186 of the Penal Code, Section 15(1)(a) of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952, Section 42(1) and Section 44 of the Road Transport Act 1987 for reckless driving and causing harm.
In addition, the suspect is also being investigated under Section 6(1) of the Road Transport Act 1987 for modifying vehicles.