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KUANTAN: A handcuffed drug convict escaped after the police car transporting him from Hulu Terengganu to Penor Prison here lost control and hit a parked lorry at the Kuantan bypass here this morning.
In the 11.45am incident, the man was seated behind the driver. He had kicked the seat in front of him, causing the driver to swerve and hit the rear of the lorry.
District police chief Assistant Commissioner Jasmani Mohd Yusoff said there were two other policemen in the car. All three are attached at Kuala Berang district headquarters.
"The three are now being warded at Tengku Ampuan Afzan Hospital here. The driver broke his right thigh's bone," he told a Press conference here today.
He said a member of the public, who saw the incident, gave chase but to no avail as the convict had disappeared into the nearby bushes near Taman Datuk Rashid.
Jasmani added 50 police personnel from the General Operations Force and the K9 dog units were deployed immediately to search for the suspect, a convicted felon under the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952.
Anyone with information on his whereabouts should contact the district police at 095142999 or the nearest police station.