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Man bites cop's arm when caught

He was driving along Bras Basah Road and got pulled over by police officers.

The young man, who was driving without a licence, decided to make a run for it.

And when the officers caught up with him after a chase lasting several minutes, he put up a struggle and bit one of his pursuers.

The drama, which unfolded on Sunday night, ended with the injured officer being taken to hospital. His assailant was arrested.

The police told The New Paper yesterday that the officers were on a routine patrol when they stopped the car near Chijmes at 11.17pm.

After questioning him, the police found that the driver had no driving licence.

A security officer, Mr Muhd Fauzil, 30, who works at the adjacent SMRT building, told TNP yesterday that there were four adults and one or two children in the black Mazda.

He said he saw four police motorcycles and several officers near the Mazda. The officers checked the car for some time, and then asked its occupants to exit the vehicle.

DASHED OFF

After talking to the officers for a while, the man, who appeared to be in his early 20s, suddenly dashed off in the direction of the Singapore Management University.

"Two officers immediately chased him. I didn't see what happened to the passengers as I had to go back to my post," Mr Fauzil said.

The officerscaught up with the driver near Bras Basah MRT Station and tried to pin him down.

But he resisted and, in the scuffle, bit the right arm of one officer before being subdued.

A Singapore Civil Defence Force spokesman said it was alerted at 11.29pm about the incident. An ambulance took the injured officer to the Singapore General Hospital.

The suspect was arrested for voluntarily causing hurt to a public servant. He is also being investigated for driving without a licence.

For voluntarily causing hurt to a public servant, he faces up to seven years in prison, a fine and/or caning.