Car chase ends in tussle; duo arrested, 2 cops hurt

The car chase ended in Normanton Park, where the driver put up a violent struggle, injuring two police officers.
The car chase ended in Normanton Park, where the driver put up a violent struggle, injuring two police officers.PHOTO: LIANHE WANBAO READER

A police vehicle and the car it was chasing collided in Normanton Park early yesterday morning, ending a car chase that went on for at least 10km.

Two police officers were taken to hospital with minor injuries sustained from tussling with the 43-year-old car driver, while he and his 34-year-old female passenger were not seriously hurt, The Straits Times understands.

The duo were later arrested for drug and traffic-related offences, the police told ST yesterday.

The drama started at about 1am when the car evaded a police road block in Mackenzie Road, off Selegie Road.

When police officers asked the driver for his licence, he drove off and ran red lights along the way, eventually driving against the flow of traffic along Portsdown Road towards Normanton Road, the police said in a statement yesterday.

ST understands that the police car crashed into the back of the man's car when he braked suddenly in Normanton Park, which is off the Ayer Rajah Expressway.

Police officers managed to detain him but he put up a violent struggle and injured the two officers, who were taken to the National University Hospital.

The driver was arrested for evading a road block, dangerous driving, driving without a licence, and other driving and suspected drug- related offences.

His passenger was also arrested for suspected consumption of controlled drugs. Drug-related paraphernalia was seized from the car.

Investigations are ongoing.

The accident comes just a day after a traffic police officer, Staff Sergeant Nadzrie Matin, 29, died in an accident along Serangoon Road while on patrol.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 03, 2017, with the headline 'Car chase ends in tussle; duo arrested, 2 cops hurt'. Print Edition | Subscribe