Maserati-driving NUS professor charged with dangerous driving

National University of Singapore professor Henry Yeung Wai Chung was charged with dangerous driving on Oct 17, 2018. PHOTO: LIANHE WANBAO

SINGAPORE - A National University of Singapore (NUS) professor, who was allegedly caught on video speeding in a Maserati along Lorong Chuan, was taken to court on Wednesday (Oct 17).

China-born Singaporean Henry Yeung Wai Chung, who turned 50 on Monday, was charged with dangerous driving.

He is said to have committed the offence while driving the car towards Braddell Road at around 1.15pm on Sept 7, and the police arrested him five days later.

The court heard that he intends to plead guilty to his offence.

Yeung, who was unrepresented, was offered bail of $5,000 and will be back in court on Nov 5.

In a video posted to the Beh Chia Lor - Singapore Road Facebook page on Sept 11, a black Maserati can be seen speeding on the road towards a lorry.

The video shows the car abruptly swerving to the right, scraping the road divider and just missing a traffic light pole.

China-born Singaporean Henry Yeung Wai Chung was offered bail of $5,000 and will be back in court on Nov 5. ST PHOTO: ALPHONSUS CHERN

The car then went against traffic on the other side of the road, where it narrowly missed crashing head-first into an oncoming taxi and a car.

The Maserati swerved back onto the correct lane, before overtaking the lorry and stopping in front of it, preventing the lorry from moving forward.

The police said no injuries were reported in the case.

All motorists are urged to drive safely and strictly abide by traffic rules and regulations, said the police.

They added: "The traffic police will not hesitate to take firm action against motorists who choose to endanger the safety of other road users."

Yeung is the acting head of the Department of Geography at NUS. According to the NUS website, he was an assistant professor at the university from 1998 to 1999 before rising in the ranks.

In his brief biography on the website, Yeung stated: "Since February 2018, I have been appointed Distinguished Professor of the National University of Singapore in recognition of my 'outstanding academic excellence as well as academic and intellectual leadership'."

Responding to queries from The Straits Times, NUS said that it is aware of the incident.

Its spokesman added: "Professor Henry Yeung will continue to carry out his academic duties. Pending completion of the legal proceedings, a caretaker head will assist with the day-to-day running of the department.

"As legal proceedings are currently under way, the university is not at liberty to comment on this private matter."

First-time offenders convicted of dangerous driving can be jailed for up to a year and fined up to $5,000.

Repeat offenders can be jailed for up to two years and fined up to $10,000.

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