KUCHING: Errant road users who are issued with summonses by the police or other relevant authorities should accept the compound and not take the law into their own hands.
Deputy district police chief Supt Pauzi Bujang said irrational or violent reaction towards being issued a summons could lead to more serious consequences.
“We have laws to be followed in this country. Do not take matters into your own hands over a mere traffic summons because you will risk going to jail for two years if convicted in court,” said Pauzi during a press conference held yesterday.
Earlier, he revealed that police had arrested and remanded the man who smashed two patrol cars belonging to the Road Transport Department (JPJ) during a roadblock on Tuesday.
“The suspect, a 36-year-old local, surrendered himself at the One-Stop-Centre at Simpang Tiga at 4 this morning (yesterday).
“We are now trying to locate and recover the weapon used in the attack, although the suspect claimed he had thrown it into the Samarahan River following the incident,” he said.
Pauzi added the suspect had been remanded for two days, and that the case had been classified as criminal intimidation under Section 506 of the Penal Code which carries a maximum of two years’ imprisonment or a fine or both if convicted.
In the Tuesday morning incident, JPJ personnel manning a roadblock at Jalan Song were confronted by a ‘kwangtao’ wielding motorist who was angered at being issued a summons for driving with an expired road tax.
The man subsequently smashed the front and rear windscreen of two JPJ patrol cars and punctured their tyres before speeding away from the scene.