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Investigation Launched In Bali Over Foreigner Who Drove Hijacked Vehicle To Airport

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Police in Bali are launching an investigation into a British man who hijacked a large truck in the Kerobokan area of Badung Regency and drove to I Gusti Ngurah Rai International Airport.

He drove through the barriers at the Bali Mandara Toll Road and stopped just at the entrance to the international departures terminal.

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The event took place on Sunday 9th June.

The North Kuta Police have confirmed the arrest of a British foreign national with the initials DAAH, 50, for seizing a truck with registration number AB 8084 BC in the Jalan Raya Kerobokan area at around 20.00 WITA.

The truck driver, Rahmawan Andrianto, 24, reported that he was sleeping in the truck at the time of the hijacking. He has told police how he was kicked by the DAAH until he fell outside the truck.

On Monday, 10th June, Badung Resort Police Chief AKBP Teguh Priyo Wasono confirmed to reporters that DAAH had been arrested.

The chronology of the events is still being pieced together, but police have told reporters that once DAAH had commandeered the truck, he first drove the Kerobokan Prison intersection and then drove onwards towards the Ngurah Rai Bypass Road and smashed through the Bali Mandara Benoa Tollgate. Footage of the truck driving through the barrier has gone viral online. 

Police have confirmed that moments after DAAH crashed through the toll road barriers, he was chased by Bali Mandara Toll Road Service Officers. Police have reported that the pursuit of the foreigner continued until they arrived at I Gusti Ngurah Rai International Airport.

Once the chase reached the airport departure drop-off point, the perpetrator also hit the entry portal and several other facilities.

Arriving at the airport, the foreigner ran towards the international departure terminal until he was finally arrested by airport security officers together with the police, not before he was beaten by members of the public who reached him moments before security officers as he entered the departure building.

Graphic footage shared online shows several members of the public kicking DAAH in the head repeatedly until he appears to be unconscious and unresponsive on the moving walkway as security officers arrived on the scene; where upon DAAH came-to.

Police have reported that DAAH has now been taken for a psychiatric assessment, and an investigation remains underway. Police are now working with the public to assess what damage has been caused during the incident.

Badung Police Public Relations Section Head Ipda I Putu Sukarma explained to the press, “In the truck, there were a number of Buddha statues, elephant statues made of gypsum or white cement. The estimated loss is IDR 150 million… in the data on the number of vehicles hit by the perpetrator, there were three two-wheeled units, two four-wheeled ones.”


Speaking separately, the Head of Public Relations for the Bali Regional Police, Police Commissioner Jason Avitus Panjaitan, told reporters on Tuesday, 11th June, that “Badung Police and North Kuta Police have coordinated with Immigration regarding this incident.”

“Apart from that, investigators are still waiting for the results of the psychological examination of the perpetrator, whether he was genuinely mentally disturbed or whether he was conscious when carrying out the action.” 

The incident is being treated as an isolated incident and not as a terror incident. Despite the initial commotion, there were no disruptions at I Gusti Ngurah Rai International Airport, and security officers remained present and on duty throughout Bali Airport and the surrounding areas. 


Bali Police have awarded the Police Chief’s award to two North Kuta Police Traffic Unit personnel, Aiptu Sang Putu Wirawan and Aipda I Made Maardika, for the role they played in chasing the truck and apprehending DAAH.

AKBP Teguh Priyo Wasono told the media, “Thank you to the three Badung Police Traffic Unit personnel who have carried out their duties well and are able to make a positive contribution in terms of providing services and maintaining security and order in the community. Hopefully, this kind of thing can be a motivation and be imitated by other Badung Police personnel.”


The Head of the Badung Police Traffic Unit Patrol Unit, Ipda I Made Mahendra Yasa, was also given the Police Chief Award for pap rending an Indonesian citizen who ran a red light in Simpang Lukluk. 

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Wednesday 12th of June 2024

Why pursue an investigation and assessing a mental evaluation? Pay up the damages before the deportation proceedings. He was driving like a bat out of hell and he damaged public property. He is lucky that he did not strike any pedestrian along the way.


Wednesday 12th of June 2024

Budha statues made out of white cement in the truck eh? Worth 150 J eh?


Wednesday 12th of June 2024

Not a word about arresting the local mob who were kicking the unconscious man on the head while he was laying on the floor. That is attempted murder. Now the British man is in psychiatric assessment because of brain damage from bystanders barbaric assaults.

Conveniently gloss over that part and only focus on the foreigner actions.. as usual. The video evidence showing this has been left out of the article as well, surprise to no one.

Lawless island with barbaric vigilante street justice that goes unpunished. Pretending to be civilized.

Avoid going there and investing anything to that lawless society.


Friday 14th of June 2024

@Sven, Indonesia is not the place for this type of crime. A mob can easily have someone killed, justified or not.


Thursday 13th of June 2024

@Sven, read the local news if you can read bahasa perhaps. Those who take the law into their own hands would also be handled by the authorities. The Brit committed a crime. But You are such a snowflake with an inflated sense of uniqueness, an unwarranted sense of entitlement, overly emotional, easily offended, and unable to deal with opposing opinions. An embarrassment to the other WHITE RACE.

He was driving like a bat out of hell under or not under the influence, and he could have killed innocent bystanders as well. But you do NOT care because brown people don’t matter to you.


Thursday 13th of June 2024

@Sven, Are you serious?? That British foreigner could have killed or injured many innocent people including children. People would have reacted the same way even in civilized Europe. Don't be daft.


Thursday 13th of June 2024

Brits and other foreigners are fuckin arrogant,entitled idiots who ruin Bali for the rest of us . Urinating on sacred idols, entering temples naked , doing shit they would never do in their own countries . He deserves it . Assaulting the driver and causing huge damage.


Wednesday 12th of June 2024

How about a fallow up story about the arrest of the public men who kicked him in the head while he was knocked out. they are criminals as well.


Thursday 13th of June 2024

@JR, More criminal than beating a driver while he was sleeping and stealing his truck, right?

Bruce Carter

Wednesday 12th of June 2024

This should be a wake up call to Bali's leaders crack down on non Balinese bars where these people hang out, getting unlimited amount of alcohol and drugs