SINGAPORE - A chase involving an errant driver and a police car resulted in a serious accident at the junction of Bedok Reservoir Road and Eunos Link on Sunday (April 10) morning, at around 4am .
Seven people were injured in the accident, which involved two taxis, the police car, and the white saloon car that was being pursued.
In response to media queries, the police confirmed that an operation was conducted along Still Road South on Sunday morning. "A 27-year-old male driver refused to comply with the officer’s instruction at the road block and sped off," a spokesman said.
In the ensuing pursuit, an accident involving the male driver’s car, one police vehicle and two taxis occurred at the junction of Eunos Link and Bedok Reservoir Road at about 4.14am, he said.
The male car driver and his passenger, three Traffic Police officers, and a taxi driver and his passenger were injured and taken to the hospital.
The male driver and his passenger were subsequently arrested for traffic and drug-related offences. Police investigations are ongoing.
A Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) spokesman said a fire engine, a red rhino, two support vehicles and four ambulances were dispatched to the scene.
The male driver trapped inside the saloon car was rescued by SCDF personnel within 15 minutes using hydraulic rescue equipment.
Two of those injured were conveyed to Tan Tock Seng Hospital, while five others were sent to Changi General Hospital, SCDF said.
Eyewitness Terry Than, who alerted citizen journalism website Stomp to the incident, said he heard a loud bang from inside his second-floor unit at Eunos Mansion.
"A white car hit one taxi and a police car hit another taxi; the taxi driver told me the white car beat a red light," Mr Than, 28, told The Straits Times.
A Facebook video posted by user Jason Goh showed multiple police cars at the scene, with several lanes closed off to traffic. Mr Goh posted that a Traffic Police car was "inside the bush".
The police said that following the accident, the male driver put up a violent struggle and assaulted a Traffic Police officer in an attempt to evade arrest.
It added that his actions had endangered the lives of officers and other road users, and urged members of public to cooperate with when approached by police officers.
"Any evasion of a road block can cause potentially serious harm to other road users and also to our police officers," the spokesman said.
Any person convicted of an offence of Voluntarily Causing Hurt to a Public Servant can be punished for a term which may extend to seven years, a fine and/or caning, or any combination of such punishments. Perpetrators who assault public servants or public service workers can be expected to be dealt with to the full extent of the law.