SINGAPORE - A National University of Singapore (NUS) professor, who was caught on video driving his Maserati in a dangerous manner along Lorong Chuan, has a history of committing other traffic offences in recent years, a district court heard on Monday (Nov 26).
Henry Yeung Wai Chung, 50, had been fined up to $200 for each of his three earlier offences between 2012 and 2016 - namely for speeding, inconsiderate driving and careless driving.
Undeterred, he was given the maximum fine of $5,000 on Monday after pleading guilty to his latest offence - dangerous driving. He was also disqualified from driving all classes of vehicles for 13 months.
Yeung was driving his Maserati on the right side of Lorong Chuan towards Braddell Road at around 1.15pm on Sept 7 when a white car travelling in front of him started changing lanes to the left.
Deputy Public Prosecutor Deborah Lee said: “Instead of waiting for the white car to finish changing lanes so that the road in front of him would be clear, the accused overtook the white car on the right, crossed the single continuous white line and drove into the lane that was meant for vehicles travelling in the opposite direction. He then drove back into his lane on the correct side of the road.”
Soon after, Yeung overtook a second car driven by Mr Leow Kee Chye, 67, before veering back into the right lane in front of Mr Leow’s vehicle.
Mr Sim Chin Huat, 59, was driving a lorry ahead of Yeung towards Braddell Road when Yeung drove at a fast speed to try to overtake Mr Sim’s vehicle on the right.
DPP Lee added: “While doing so, the accused mounted the kerb of the centre divider and went into the lanes for vehicles in the opposite direction.
“Fortunately, there was no collision. The accused then drove against the flow of traffic, crossed the double continuous white lines before stopping his car in front of Sim’s lorry.”
On Sept 11, a video was posted on the Beh Chia Lor – Singapore Road Facebook page which showed a black Maserati driving against traffic where it almost crashed head-first into an oncoming taxi and a car. The Maserati then stopped in front of a lorry.
No injuries were reported in the incident and police arrested Yeung on Sept 12.
Soon after the driver of the Maserati was revealed to be Yeung, NUS confirmed it was aware of the incident.
Yeung is from the Geography department at NUS, according to the NUS website.
In his brief biography on the website, he 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’.”
An NUS spokesman said on Monday: “The university expects all members of its community to conduct themselves in accordance with the law.
“NUS is reviewing the court’s decision and will decide on whether disciplinary proceedings will be taken against Professor Henry Yeung.”
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.