Published: Monday January 7, 2013 MYT 12:26:00 PM
Updated: Monday January 7, 2013 MYT 7:36:17 PM
Seven detainees hijack police vehicle in Butterworth before escaping (Update)
BY DERRICK VINESH, CHRISTINA CHIN and WINNIE YEOH
GEORGE TOWN: Seven detainees hijacked a police van along the Butterworth outer ring road here on Monday morning before making a daring escape.
The seven were among nine detainees being taken to the Butterworth Courts to face various charges.
It is believed the driver of the vehicle was injured in the incident.
Police sources said the vehicle, however, skidded off the road at Jalan Paya Tok Akil in Tasik Gelugor.
State exco member Phee Boon Poh said the group was now believed to be hiding in an oil palm plantation in Tasek Gelugor.
A police source said a commotion had earlier taken place at the back of the van between the detainees and a policeman who was guarding them.
This prompted the driver to stop the vehicle near the toll plaza to check on the problem.
The driver and another policeman, who was seated in the front seat, were attacked by several detainees when they opened the van's passenger door.
Seven detainees managed to run away. Two others did not flee the scene.
A passer-by stopped his four-wheel drive vehicle and send the two policemen, driver and two detainees to the court.
After the two detainees were surrendered to the court lock-up, the passer-by rushed the others to the Seberang Jaya Hospital, where they were admitted.
It is learnt that the van was later traced by police to Kampung Permatang Tok Akil in Ara Kuda, Tasek Gelugor.
More to come