Drug suspect bites cop in bid to escape arrest

The suspect.

MUKAH: A routine arrest in Sepiring, Selangau turned into a bizarre incident that a policeman will not forget for quite some time.

The law enforcer was chomped on by a man he was sent to apprehend at an oil palm plantation in Jalan Sibu-Bintulu early Wednesday (July 28).

Mukah OCPD DSP Muhamad Rizal Alias ​​said the biter was a 32-year-old unemployed man believed to be high on drugs and acted aggressively when the policeman tried to arrest him.

The hapless policeman was injured on his right hand and right leg.

“On Wednesday at around 9.30am, a team from the Narcotics Branch, Mukah IPD arrested a man on suspicion of being involved in drug-related activities at an oil palm plantation in the area.

“A policeman suffered a broken bone in his right palm as a result of being pulled hard by the suspect and his right leg was also injured after being bitten. Police had to use minimal force to subdue the suspect,” DSP Rizal said on Thursday (Jul 29).

A black sling bag belonging to the suspect was searched and it contained a transparent plastic packet with lumps of crystallised substance suspected to be methamphetamine weighing 5.26g.

The suspect is being detained at the Mukah police station lock-up for further investigation under Section 39A (1) of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952.

He is also being investigated under Section 325 of the Penal Code for causing serious injuries to law enforcement officers and preventing civil servants from carrying out their duties under Section 186 of the Penal Code.

Meanwhile, the policeman was treated for his injuries at Mukah Hospital.