Rui En charged with careless driving

Actress Rui En is accused of failing to have proper control of her black BMW (left) when driving into a Clementi carpark on April 12 and crashing into a parked motorcycle.
Actress Rui En (above) is accused of failing to have proper control of her black BMW when driving into a Clementi carpark on April 12 and crashing into a parked motorcycle.PHOTOS: WONG KWAI CHOW, LIANHE WANBAO
Actress Rui En is accused of failing to have proper control of her black BMW (left) when driving into a Clementi carpark on April 12 and crashing into a parked motorcycle.
Actress Rui En is accused of failing to have proper control of her black BMW (above) when driving into a Clementi carpark on April 12 and crashing into a parked motorcycle.PHOTOS: WONG KWAI CHOW, LIANHE WANBAO

Her BMW knocked over m-cycle; actress says she will plead guilty

Television star Rui En was yesterday charged with one count of careless driving for knocking over a motorcycle in a carpark in April.

The 35-year-old actress, whose full name is Lu Rui En, did not have a lawyer and told District Judge Carol Ling she intends to plead guilty. She is expected to enter her plea in a Traffic Court next Friday.

Lu is accused of failing to have proper control of her black BMW when driving into a carpark near Block 331, Clementi Avenue 2, at about 4.15pm on April 12. Her car mounted a kerb before crashing into a parked yellow-and-black Bajaj RS200 motorcycle.

Lu, who was accompanied to court by two women, was immaculate in her appearance and calm as the charge was read out to her. Outside the court, the Hype Records artist told reporters she does not intend to engage a lawyer. In response to questions, she would only say in Mandarin: "Thank you, everyone, for your concern."

Lu was dressed in a white top with a white jacket and black trousers. She was picked up in a Honda Civic outside the State Courts.

If convicted of driving without due care and attention, Lu faces a fine of up to $1,000, a jail term of up to six months or both.

The crash made the news when Chinese evening daily Lianhe Wanbao reported that the motorcycle owner, Mr Bahrom Sarmiten, 52, did not recognise the actress and when he confronted her, she said to him: "Do you know who I am?"

He found out later that she was a well-known local actress.

Five days after the incident, Lu won an "All Time Favourite Artiste" award at the Star Awards, which are the annual awards for Mediacorp entertainment.

She also offered him $2,000 to settle the matter privately, Mr Bahrom said, but he declined the offer as he thought it would not cover the repair costs for the damage to his vehicle, which he had bought for $13,300 three months earlier.

Police later administered a breathalyser test on Lu before they took her away for investigations.

Lu's manager later said the actress' remarks were meant to assure Mr Bahrom she would not flee.

Lu herself said she had "misjudged a turn".

Apologising for the incident at the Star Awards on April 17, she told the audience: "Regarding the recent incident - it is still under investigation, so before the full report is out, I hope you can all forgive me.

"I am unable to answer the media at this point, but I hope to apologise for whatever inconveniences this has caused... I am very sorry."

At the end of her speech, she moved away from the microphone and gave a deep bow.

In January, Lu was reportedly involved in another incident. She hit another car while driving a white BMW along Lornie Road towards Adam Road.

The incident on Jan 6 was recorded by the in-vehicle camera of the damaged car. The video was put on citizen journalism website Stomp.

The driver reportedly told Stomp that Lu's car also hit the road divider twice.

Lu's manager confirmed the accident and told Lianhe Wanbao the actress did not know her car had hit another vehicle until it was sent to a workshop and she was informed by a mechanic. Lu reached a private settlement in that incident.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 23, 2016, with the headline 'Rui En charged with careless driving'. Print Edition | Subscribe