Zouk founder Lincoln Cheng charged with drink driving and dangerous driving

Zouk founder Lincoln Cheng has been charged with drink driving on Feb 16 along Eu Tong Sen Street and for a dangerous driving offence in 2015.
Zouk founder Lincoln Cheng has been charged with drink driving on Feb 16 along Eu Tong Sen Street and for a dangerous driving offence in 2015. ST PHOTO: CHEW SENG KIM

SINGAPORE - The founder and former owner of iconic nightspot Zouk has been charged with drink driving and dangerous driving, Chinese daily Lianhe Zaobao reported on Sunday (May 21).

Lincoln Cheng, 69, is accused of driving while intoxicated at midnight on Feb 16 this year along Eu Tong Sen Street towards Upper Cross Street.

Cheng allegedly had at least 43 microgrammes of alcohol in 100ml of breath. The prescribed limit is 35 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 ml of breath.

If convicted of drink driving for the first time, he can be jailed for up to six months or fined between $1,000 and $5,000.

The nightlife stalwart is also being charged over an incident in 2015 where he allegedly drove through a red light at the junction of Eu Tong Sen Street and Kreta Ayer Road, and hitting a taxi that was turning right into Eu Tong Sen Street.

For a first offence of reckless or dangerous driving, he could be fined up to $3,000 or jailed for up to a year, or both.

The case will be mentioned again on Thursday (May 25).

Cheng sold Zouk to casino and cruise-line conglomerate Genting Hong Kong in 2015. He was at the club's helm for more than 20 years before selling it for an undisclosed amount.

Last December, the nightlife establishment moved from its former location on Jiak Kim Street to Clarke Quay.