'Road bully' charged in court with driving recklessly and threatening woman

Quek Zhen Hao (above) was accused of two counts of driving in a rash manner and one of displaying threatening behaviour towards a female motorist. -- ST PHOTO: NG SOR LUAN  
Quek Zhen Hao (above) was accused of two counts of driving in a rash manner and one of displaying threatening behaviour towards a female motorist. -- ST PHOTO: NG SOR LUAN  

A student branded a "public enemy" after videos of him allegedly driving recklessly appeared online was charged in court on Wednesday.

Quek Zhen Hao was accused of two counts of driving in a rash manner and one of displaying threatening behaviour towards a female motorist.

On Jan 28 this year, the 24-year-old allegedly got out of his Civic Honda at a junction and approached Ms Goh Siok Ling with the intention of causing her alarm and distress.

Minutes later he allegedly swerved his vehicle in front of her and cut into her path without signalling before applying his brakes three times, forcing her to brake hard to avoid a collision on Petir Road and Dairy Farm Road.

A day later, on Jan 29, he allegedly tailgated a car driven by Ms Chng Sor Hoon on Choa Chu Kang Road, before cutting abruptly into her path from the left without signalling. He then applied his brakes, forcing her to brake hard.

Quek, who was not represented, indicated that he would plead guilty to the charges in the Jan 28 incident.

Videos showing him allegedly driving recklessly appeared online with netizens labelling him an "Ah Beng" and "public enemy" back in February. Some even dug up personal information, like his parents' address, and circulated it online.

Quek later posted a video in which he apologised.

He will return to court on May 29. If convicted, he faces jail of up to six months and/or a fine of up to $1,000 for driving rashly to endanger life. The maximum penalty for displaying threatening behaviour is a $2,000 fine.