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Car crashes into Geylang shophouse, driver held after parang found

Occupants of upper unit evacuated; driver held after police find parang in vehicle

Published on May 5, 2013 8:39 AM
The car damaged a pillar when it crashed into the shophouse on Geylang Road just after 3am yesterday. Occupants of the second-floor unit were evacuated as a precautionary measure but were later allowed to return. -- PHOTO: LIANHE WANBAO

A car slammed into a Geylang shophouse in a pre-dawn crash on Saturday, severely damaging a pillar and leaving rubble everywhere.

The 28-year-old Singaporean driver escaped with only minor injuries to his left arm, but is facing further questioning after police uncovered a parang under the car's back seat.

According to Lianhe Wanbao, the driver, who is a designer, denied owning the parang and claimed he did not know how it got there.

He said someone might have planted it in the car while he was being questioned by the police.

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