A man without a driver's license, carrying smuggled cigarettes in a rental car, took police a seven-minute chase after he was caught using his cell phone along the Bukit Timah Expressway (BKE).
The owner of the massage home, Pang Xinyao, 37, narrowly missed other vehicles on the road as he abruptly changed lanes, ran at least seven red lights and drove against the flow of traffic twice before being arrested after a chase on foot.
On Tuesday (June 11), the Singaporean was sentenced to 19 weeks in prison and received a fine of $ 11,200 and a driving ban for two years.
He had pleaded guilty to a dangerous driving charge, using a telephone while driving, driving uninsured and carrying unfilled goods, plus five fees to operate a massage establishment without a valid license.
Nine other charges were taken into account.
Since he did not pay the fine, he will have to spend another 36 days in prison.
In the ruling, District Judge Marvin Bay said the dangerous leadership should be taken seriously and that Pang's offense was "especially notorious."
The judge noted that Pang was caught using a telephone while carrying an unlawful charge in a car he drove without permission, and then recklessly led the police into a protracted chase at high speed.
"His careless driving also resulted in almost accidents with unfortunate drivers and you tried to get away on foot," the judge said.
The court heard that Pang had been ordered by the renter to arrange for him to be returned to the rental company, but decided to use the vehicle instead.
On the morning of December 3, 2017, he met someone called "Ah Biao" and collected a canvas bag containing 616 packages of unpaid cigarettes.
Pang had paid $ 2,500 for smuggling, which he intended to resell at a profit.
As he drove home with the cigarettes in his boot, he used his cell phone along the BKE in the direction of Woodlands Checkpoint.
Traffic police sergeant Nazirul Haffiz Syed Nassir noticed that Pang had his phone in one hand and his other hand on the steering wheel.
The officer motioned for him to stop, but he decided to flee.
Pang almost hit another vehicle as he entered the Seletar Expressway, toward the central expressway, and then squeezed onto the side of the road, exiting Woodlands Avenue.
He continued driving dangerously inside Woodlands, slamming red lights and driving against the traffic.
Pang had another near miss before finally stopping at a parking lot on Woodlands Street 32.
He got out of the car, asked Sergeant Nazirul Haffiz to be tolerant and set out on foot, but was caught a few blocks away.