Jail, fine for swimming coach after accident while drink driving

Stanley Lim Wen Bin was also disqualified from driving all classes of vehicles for four years.
Stanley Lim Wen Bin was also disqualified from driving all classes of vehicles for four years.ST PHOTO: WONG KWAI CHOW

SINGAPORE - After consuming three cans of beer at home, a freelance swimming coach decided to drive to his lesson and was making a right turn into Dairy Farm Road when he lost control of his car.

It mounted a kerb at the centre divider before hitting another car and two motorcycles.

Stanley Lim Wen Bin was later found to have 82 micrograms of alcohol in 100ml of breath. It was more than double the prescribed limit of 35mcg of alcohol.

Lim, 33, was sentenced to five months' jail and a fine of $1,000 on Wednesday (June 20) after pleading guilty to one count each of drink driving, dangerous driving and failing to render assistance after an accident.

He was also disqualified from driving all classes of vehicles for four years.

Deputy Public Prosecutor M. Kayal Pillay said that Lim was driving from his Segar Road flat to Bukit Batok Swimming Complex at around 6pm on May 26 last year when the accident took place.

After hitting the car, Lim's vehicle hit the first motorcycle, injuring the biker and his pillion passenger.

The impact caused the second motorcycle to topple, the court heard.

Instead of stopping to render assistance, Lim continued driving and beat a red light before turning into Petir Road.

After the collision, he drove recklessly against the flow of traffic on the left side of the dual carriageway, with the injured biker "desperately" running after him, said DPP Pillay.

An eyewitness later managed to locate Lim and his car at the end of Chestnut Avenue. The police were notified and later found Lim reeking strongly of alcohol. After failing a breathalyser test, he was taken to the Traffic Police headquarters in Ubi Avenue 3. In all, he caused more than $2,000 in damage.

Defence lawyer Peter Keith Fernando asked the court to sentence Lim to a fine and to disqualify him from driving all classes of vehicles.

Mr Fernando added: "He was a social drinker and had never engaged in drink driving prior to his incident."

Lim, who is now out on bail of $10,000, was ordered to surrender himself at the State Courts on June 27 to begin serving his sentence.

For dangerous driving, he could have been jailed for up to a year and fined up to $5,000.