Suspect in hit-and-run accidents charged with drug trafficking

A screengrab of a dashcam video showing the driver of a BMW coupe abandoning his BMW at a carpark.
A screengrab of a dashcam video showing the driver of a BMW coupe abandoning his BMW at a carpark.PHOTO: SHIN MIN DAILY/FACEBOOK

SINGAPORE - A 37-year-old man has been arrested for his suspected involvement in two hit-and-run accidents and charged with drug trafficking.

In a joint statement on Saturday evening (Nov 9), the Singapore Police Force and the Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB) said they were alerted to the two accidents along Geylang Bahru Road and St George's Road on Wednesday at about 11.30am.

Preliminary investigations revealed that a car first hit a taxi along Geylang Bahru Road towards Bendemeer Road and later collided with another parked car near Blk 22 St George's Road.

The male driver abandoned the car after the second accident and fled, said the police.

With the help of CCTV images and groundwork, officers from the Central Police Division and the CNB established the identity of the man and arrested him along Sing Joo Walk on Friday.

Substances suspected to be controlled drugs were found on the man and, during a subsequent search, at a residential unit along Sing Joo Walk in the Kallang area.

The man suffered a fit during the arrest, and an ambulance was activated immediately to convey him to the Changi General Hospital. His condition has since stabilised.

Investigations are ongoing.

The man was charged at Changi General Hospital on Saturday with trafficking in Class A controlled drugs.

A video posted on YouTube on Thursday shows the man making his escape by jumping out of his white BMW coupe before it hits a black parked car. He then escaped on foot.

The police issued an appeal on Friday to the public to look out for the man, attaching a photo of him in its statement.

He was believed to have been trying to get away from a Land Transport Authority official, who spotted him on Geylang Bahru Road and suspected he was displaying a false license plate. But the driver did not stop as instructed and drove off.