Wanted man arrested for multiple offences after hitting unmarked police car during getaway attempt

A 31-year-old man was arrested on Friday (May 28) for multiple offences after he attempted to flee from the police in his car.

The man was suspected to be involved in a case of loanshark harassment at Haig Road on May 23.

He was also wanted by the police for theft and dangerous driving, and by the Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB) for other drug-related offences.

The police conducted an operation to apprehend the man in the vicinity of Block 469 Admiralty Drive on Friday, at around 3.40pm.

"When the man realised that he was being followed by unmarked police vehicles, he attempted to escape in his vehicle," said the police in a statement on Saturday.

"In the process, the man allegedly hit and damaged one of the unmarked police vehicle. No officers were injured."

The police vehicle. Photo: Singapore Police Force

The police immediately mounted an island-wide operation to locate the man.

His getaway vehicle was located in the vicinity of Block 222 Yishun Street 21.

The man was subsequently arrested in a unit at Block 772 Woodlands Drive 60 for loanshark harassment, rash act, suspected drug-related offences and theft.

The suspect's vehicle. Photo: Singapore Police Force

Police investigations are ongoing.

CNB is also investigating the drug-related offences of the man.

The man was charged in court on Saturday under the Moneylenders Act (Revised Edition 2010).

For first-time offenders, the offence of loanshark harassment carries a fine between $5,000 and $50,000, a jail term of up to five years, and at least six strokes of the cane.

In their statement, the police also said they will not hesitate to take firm action against offenders who blatantly disregard the law and threaten the safety and security of our neighbourhoods.