Police investigate submerged car incident after pictures went viral

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

POLICE have launched an investigation after pictures of a submerged car in Sungai Menglait went viral on social media yesterday.

Police were dispatched to investigate the incident as soon as members of the Royal Brunei Police Force (RBPF) received the pictures, said its spokesperson ASP Hj Mohamad Noor Hj Abd Rahman.

According to the acting head of RBPF’s Public Relations Unit, the owner of the light grey Toyota Vios parked his vehicle near the boat landing area at Gadong Wet Market around 9.30am to buy groceries.

The owner, in his statement, said the handbrake was pulled when he parked the car at the location yesterday. However, when he returned from the market a few minutes later, the car was already submerged in the water.

The car was later pulled out of the river and brought to the nearest police station for further investigation, said the spokesperson.

Nobody sustained injuries in the incident as the owner was on his own and away from the vehicle when it happened, he added.

Police are seeking public assistance in piecing the story together and are calling on those who witnessed the incident or has any knowledge related to the incident to come forward and provide them with the information by contacting the nearest police station or call the 993 hotline.

The Brunei Times