Car slams into coffee shop table, tree; man arrested

A witness to a crash in which a BMW ploughed into a coffee shop's table before smashing into a tree yesterday told of how the drama left her too frightened to sleep.

Ms Lu Mei Feng, 39, was among staff closing the New Hawa Restaurant in Selegie Road in the early hours of Saturday when she saw the car drive onto the kerb, knock down a potted plant and table, then hit the tree.

The car's male driver helped a woman out of the passenger seat and allegedly fled the scene at the junction of Selegie and Mackenzie roads.

Fortunately, no customers were in the eatery at the time and staff were safely away from the accident.

Ms Lu said: "After hearing that crash and seeing the smoke from the car, I was so frightened I could not sleep when I went home."

No injuries were reported but Ms Lu said that the noise created attracted a crowd of passers-by and occupants of the rooms above the coffee shop.

The police arrived shortly after receiving a call at 2.20am.

According to Lianhe Wanbao, witnesses described the man as appearing uninjured but in shock. He opened the door of the passenger seat and helped a woman who looked pale and stunned out of the car.

Both were said to look unsteady and in a hurry.

It was reported that they appeared young, with the man looking like he was in his 30s, and the woman in her 20s.

Police have arrested a man in his 30s in relation to the case.

Investigations are still ongoing. The car was towed away, with its front badly smashed.

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