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Alza driver detained after 25km high speed chase drama [NSTTV]

SUNGAI PETANI: A Perodua Alza driver was detained at Bandar Laguna Merbok here after a 25km high-speed chase drama from the Plus Expressway toll plaza in Sungai Dua yesterday.

The 11.45am incident unfolded when a team of traffic policemen from Bukit Aman flagged down the MPV at a road block for speeding.

Instead of pulling over, the 23-year-old driver from Padang Besar, Perlis suddenly stepped on the accelerator and sped off, prompting two policemen to give chase in a Honda Civic patrol car.

Kuala Muda police chief Assistant Commissioner Zaidy Che Hassan said the suspect had driven recklessly from Km113 to Km108 of the expressway, exposing other motorists to danger.

"The driver then took the Sungai Petani Selatan toll plaza exit by ramming the boom barrier before speeding towards Lencongan Barat road.

"The MPV then crashed into a Honda Accord while beating a traffic light at Laguna Merbok, sending the Perodua Alza to crash onto a road railing before hitting a sign post.

"The vehicle was spinning, causing the front and rear left wheels to explode," Zaidy said in a statement.

He added that the driver and his passenger tried to flee on foot but the pursuing policemen managed to detain them after a brief scuffle.

Zaidy said police did not find any banned substance upon searching the vehicle.

"Checks showed the driver from Kampung Padang Mawa Kok Mak, Padang Besar Utara in Padang Besar, Perlis was driving without a licence.

"The driver and his 21-year-old passenger from Kampung Lubok Kawah, Jitra were taken to the Kuala Muda police headquarters for further investigation," he said.

Zaidy said a 19-year-old driver of the Honda Civic who was involved in the crash with the Perodua Alza did not sustain any injury.

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