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Woodlands Checkpoint breach: Driver charged in Singapore with rash act and vandalism

Published on Mar 10, 2014 10:26 AM
 
Tan Chu Seng (centre), 64, is accused of committing a rash act by driving the Mercedes-Benz recklessly on March 8, causing injury to a police officer. -- ST PHOTO: LAU FOOK KONG 

SINGAPORE - A Mercedes-Benz driver, who allegedly breached a security barrier at Woodlands Checkpoint meant to stop unauthorised vehicles from entering Singapore, was charged in court on Monday.

Tan Chu Seng, 64, is accused of committing a rash act by driving the Mercedes-Benz recklessly on Saturday, causing injury to police officer Safie Mahrom. The Singapore permanent resident from Malaysia also faces a single charge of vandalism after he allegedly drove into the cat-claw security barrier, damaging it.

Both offences took place at Woodlands, one of the busiest land immigration checkpoints in the world. The court on Monday granted the prosecution's request for the accused to be remanded at Jurong Police Division for a week for further investigations.

Tan had asked for a shorter remand of four days, saying he suffers from hypertension, urine acid and diabetes, but his request was rejected by the court. Instead, the district judges instructed him to inform police investigators about his condition.

 
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