ORMOC CITY-A long chase happened between local police and a drunk man for several minutes that resulted in his arrest at about 4:30 am on Friday(May 31) in Barangay Hacienda Maria, San Isidro, Leyte.

Police Major Reymund Quinagutan, the town police chief, identified the suspect as Efren Holum, 38, and a resident of Brgy. Capiñahan, also in San Isidro.

Quinagutan, in an interview, said that one of his policemen detailed at Brgy. Hacienda Maria, Patrolman Ponciano Olazo confronted a suspicious person wearing a red ball cap standing along the road for a long period, and a few meters away from the barangay hall where the police office was detailed.

Upon confronting the suspect, who was drunk, asked the policeman if he wanted to buy shabu which alarmed Pat. Olazo prompting him to introduce himself as a police officer.

But after the suspect learned that he was selling illegal drugs to a cop he immediately ran away from the police but was chased and then outran by the Pat. Olazo, Quinagutan said.

In the course of the chase, the ball cap of the suspect fell to the pavement which he used to cover a coin purse containing two small heat-sealed sachets suspected to be shabu which later discovered to have weight 0.2 grams with a commercial value of P1,200.

The arrested suspect is now detained at the local police station’s custodial facility for proper disposition while cases for violation of Sec. 11 of R.A 9165 were filed against him.