Drunk man's rash drive to avoid police roadblock

He almost had head-on collision with car; gets jail, fine and driving ban for drink driving

A man who had been drinking drove rashly to avoid a police roadblock and almost had a head-on collision with another car.

Sales manager Ng Kim Inn, 36, was yesterday jailed for seven weeks, fined $4,000 and banned from driving for four years after admitting to drink driving and rash driving.

The court heard that after a drinking session at Club Street on March 5 last year, where he had eight to nine glasses of beer, Ng drove his Land Rover along New Bridge Road towards Jalan Bukit Merah at about 4.40am.

Two Traffic Police officers were on duty at the junction of Eu Tong Sen Street and Upper Cross Street, before a roadblock, when they saw him turn right into Upper Cross Street.

Ng then braked abruptly and made an illegal U-turn and encroached into the path of an unidentified car on his left.

He drove against the flow of traffic for about 100m and nearly collided head-on with another car.

The drunk driver then abruptly made another illegal turn, this time to the left into the multi-storey carpark of Chinatown Point in New Bridge Road.

He drove to level 3 of the carpark where the two police officers caught up with him.

When Ng stepped out of his vehicle, his speech was slurred and his eyes were bloodshot, the court heard.

He failed the breathalyser test and was escorted to Traffic Police headquarters in Ubi Avenue 3 for another test.

His breath-alcohol level was found to be 81 microgrammes in 100ml of breath, more than twice the legal limit.

Ng had a similar conviction for drink driving in 2013 .

Pleading for leniency, his lawyer R.S. Wijaya said that his client was undergoing great emotional turmoil at the time with family and work problems, and turned to drinking.

Ng, a sole breadwinner, has since given up his vehicle and found another job after taking a huge pay cut, said Mr Wijaya.

Ng could have been fined up to $10,000 and jailed for up to 12 months for the repeat offence of drink driving.

For rash driving, the maximum punishment is one year's jail and a $5,000 fine.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 19, 2018, with the headline 'Drunk man's rash drive to avoid police roadblock'. Print Edition | Subscribe