Motorist who sped off from roadblock jailed

A motorist who sped away from a police roadblock - almost hitting one of the officers who had stopped him - was jailed for 18 weeks yesterday.

Crane operator Yeong Wei Siong, 44, was also banned from driving for three years after admitting the rash act and dangerous driving.

He beat a red light to evade arrest at around 3am on Oct 15 last year, reaching speeds of 120kmh along Commonwealth Avenue West - twice the speed limit on that stretch - while three police cars with sirens on pursued his Honda Civic in vain.

Deputy Public Prosecutor Tan Si En said six police officers were manning a road block in Clementi Avenue 2 when they stopped Yeong's car at 2.48am.

A screening showed he was wanted for not paying a fine of $500 for buying contraband cigarettes.

When Yeong overheard the officers talking about taking him back to Clementi police station and handing him over to Customs, he decided to flee.

He entered his car suddenly and locked the doors, ignoring the policeofficers' signals not to do so.

Despite knowing that Sergeant Mohammad Abdul Rani Mohd Yacob and his colleague were standing beside the car, he then started the engine and sped away.

Sgt Abdul Rani had to jump out of the way to avoid being hit.

Police had Yeong's details and he was eventually caught.

Yeong's lawyer Louis Lim said his client had no intention to harm anyone or cause any damage.

He said: "The accused was in a state of shock and panic when all this was happening. The incidents were occasioned by his momentary lapse of mind and judgment.''

Yeong could have been jailed for up to six months and fined up to $2,500 for acting so rashly as to endanger life.

For dangerous driving, the maximum penalty is a $3,000 fine and three years in jail.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 21, 2015, with the headline 'Motorist who sped off from roadblock jailed'. Print Edition | Subscribe