A SINGAPOREAN businessman who allegedly sped off through the Tuas checkpoint after being stopped for checks was charged in court yesterday.
Mohamed Dawood Abdul Sukkur, 47, is accused of committing a rash act to endanger the personal safety of others.
He allegedly drove a 7-series BMW sedan laden with curry puffs and kueh (local pastries) at Tuas checkpoint on Tuesday at 142kmh within a confined security checkpoint area with a speed limit of 15kmh.
The prosecution sought a three-week adjournment for further investigation as he could face more charges from other agencies.
Dawood's lawyer, Mr Noor Mohamed Marican, told the court he will make representations. The case will be mentioned on July 14 and Dawood's bail has been extended until then.
It was reported that he cleared immigration and proceeded to the Customs Red Channel to declare the boxes of food he had brought in from Malaysia.
Checks were conducted on his vehicle and there were some discrepancies in the quantities declared.
A spokesman for the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority said: "He was directed to a designated inspection bay for further checks. However, the driver drove off instead."
Under the law, anyone wishing to bring in processed food must apply for a permit with the Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority of Singapore.
The maximum punishment for committing a rash act is six months' jail and a $2,500 fine.