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KUANTAN: A convict who escaped earlier today after causing the police car transporting him a prison here to lose control and hit a lorry was caught at 10.20pm tonight.
Police picked him up after he had approached residents at Taman Dato' Rashid here for food and water.
Kuantan public order and traffic chief, Assistant Su perintendent Ahmad Nazri Zainal said a local resident had then alerted the cops of the escaped convict’s whereabouts.
"After almost 12 hours of search operation, he is now held at district headquarters lock-up, before being sent to Penor Prison tomorrow," he told the New Straits Times.
The convict, Roslan Ismail, 32, had kicked the driver's seat of the police vehicle transporting him, allowing him make good his escape after it crashed. The incident occurred this morning.
The three policemen including the driver, attached with Kuala Berang district headquarters, are warded at Tengku Ampuan Afzan Hospital.
Roslan was convicted under the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952 and was sentenced to eight years jail as well as 10 strokes of rotan on June 28.