A 24-year-old motorist has been arrested following a high-speed chase after he failed to stop at a police checkpoint in the wee hours of Thursday.
The man, who bears the surname Ip, was driving a BMW car with two female passengers when he came across a road block put up by the police on Tai Po Road to stop drunk drivers.
Instead of stopping his vehicle and accepting a check, the man pressed the accelerator and sped away.
The police then began a chase that took them 11 kilometers from Sham Shui Po all the way to Tsing Yi, Headline Daily reports.
After a mad dash along Lung Cheung Road, Ching Cheung Road and Tsing Kwai Highway, Ip took his car into a parking lot for trucks on Hong Wan Road in Tsing Yi and tried to hide out.
But the police managed to locate him, prompting Ip to make another attempt to flee. But he stopped as he saw some officers standing in front of his vehicle with guns drawn.
He was then arrested and subjected to some checks.
Ip passed the breathalyzer test and there was also no contraband in his car.
Police subsequently discovered that Ip has a probationary driving license, meaning that it was issued less than a year ago.
People using such licenses are only allowed to drive vehicles that have plates beginning with the letter P, or the so-called P-plates.
But Ip’s vehicle bore no such plate, which was the reason why he fled as he was worried that he may have broken the law.
It is said that the BMW which Ip was driving belongs to the father of one of the man’s friends.
Following his detention, Ip claimed to have chest pain. Hence, he has been sent to a hospital, along with an injured officer.
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