RapidKL bus driver was high on meth, says police

Teoh Pei Ying

KUALA LUMPUR: Police today confirmed the 32-year-old RapidKL bus driver who ploughed into seven vehicles along Jalan Ampang Thursday night was high on methamphetamine when the incident took place. City police chief Datuk Seri Mazlan Lazim said the man is now under police custody to facilitate investigation under Section 42(1) of the Road Transport Act 1987. “The investigation is jointly conducted by the City and Selangor police. The man was detained by Ampang police as the first incident took place in their area. “We are still investigating the case,” he told reporters in a press conference at KLCC today. When asked if the group of man who allegedly assaulted the driver would be arrested, Mazlan said the driver would first need to lodge a police report. “We will start the investigation once we receive the report,” he said. It was reported that at least four people were injured in the 8.30pm accident last night. The incident is believed to have began several kilometres before a traffic light junction at AU Keramat, where the bus had purportedly swerved to avoid hitting a motorcycle. However, in evading a collision with the motorcycle, the bus grazed the corner of a roadside burger stall located near the junction. According to a witness, who shared about the incident on Facebook, the bus driver had stopped at the scene to check on the damage at the stall and the stall owner. However, he then noticed that the stall operator and a group of men from a nearby flat charging towards him, so he quickly fled the scene.The men than gave chase on their motorcycles. It is understood that the stall operator recorded the chase and the events that followed and uploaded them to social media. In his bid to escape the motorcyclists, the speeding bus manoeuvred dangerously through traffic and rammed into seven cars as it sped down Jalan Ampang before coming to a stop at the Jalan Ampang-MRR2 junction. Unable to drive any further, the driver escaped the vehicle and tried to flee, but was apprehended by the angry motorcyclists. The bus driver was jeered at before the group became aggressive and kicked and punched him. © New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd