Knocked out at toll gate
> Retiree detained following argument with RTD officers
GEORGE TOWN: A 66-year-old lost eight teeth and broke his dentures when the boom of a toll gate landed on his face during a tiff with Road Transport Department (RTD) officers.
The drama started when RTD officers instructed a retiree to pull to the roadside after spotting him putting his head out of the window to take a picture during the 11.10am incident last Saturday.
Instead of complying, the retiree stopped in the middle of the lane of the North-South Expressway (NSE) near Km157 and a verbal war and pushing and shoving ensued between the passengers of the car and RTD officers.
South Seberang Perai district police chief Supt Shafee Abdul Samad said the argument began when RTD officers confiscated the MyKad of the retiree and ordered him to go to the nearest police station with them.
He said the man complained that he had to use the MyKad to pay the toll.
The electronic payment feature was then enabled and the driver was subsequently ordered by the RTD officers to follow them.
He said the retiree had suddenly stopped several times on the way to the police station almost causing a collision with the RTD vehicle that was following.
“At the Jawi toll, the man got out and again asked for his MyKad to pay the toll.
“This was when the boom came down and hit him on the mouth,” he told reporters on the sidelines of a dialogue session yesterday.
Shafee said the RTD officer involved has since lodged a police report while the man also did the same.
He said police have also detained the man to assist in investigations under the Penal Code for obstructing a public servant from discharging his duty.
“The others have turned themselves in to the police,” he added.
A video of the alleged incident can be found uploaded on YouTube and is circulating on social media chat apps.