HK motorist takes to pavement to evade police in late-night Mong Kok car chase

30-Jan-2019 Intellasia | South China Morning Post | 7:25 AM Print This Post

A Hong Kong motorist with dyed blond hair drove his car onto a pavement to evade police on Monday night during a brief chase in the busy nightlife district of Mong Kok.

But the man was eventually forced to abandon his car and flee on foot when the Nissan slammed into a traffic light pole at the junction of Portland Street and Mong Kok Road soon after 11.30pm.

Police seized 17 grams of suspected crystal methamphetamine from the car along with two grams of suspected ketamine and two baseball bats. The drugs had an estimated street value of HK$11,000 (US$1,400), according to officers.

Investigators were looking into whether the car had been used for drug deliveries.

Police had initially spotted the car stationary at the junction of Portland Street and Argyle Street. The officers then tried to stop the vehicle for an inspection.

“As officers were approaching, the car suddenly drove off,” police said in a statement.

The vehicle headed off down Portland Street for about 200 metres, after which the driver found himself blocked by two cars at a red light at the junction of Portland Street and Argyle Street.

He then swerved, mounted the pavement and continued a short distance before slamming into the traffic light pole.

The car doors could not be opened after the collision because they were blocked by railings and the gate of a shop, and the driver had to climb out of the window before fleeing on foot. Officers scouted the area but no arrest was made.

The driver was thought to be in his 30s and about 1.65 metres tall. He was wearing a green jacket.

Police were looking into suspicions of dangerous driving, possession of illegal drugs and an offensive weapon, as well as damage to government property.


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