Man denies being Maserati driver who dragged Traffic Police officer along Bedok Reservoir Road
The police officer still feels pain in his body.
Lee Cheng Yan, a 35-year-old man, has been accused of dragging 26-year-old Staff Sergeant Khairulanwar Abd Kahar for more than 100m at Bedok Reservoir Road on Nov. 17, 2017.
Arrested after running off
According to a report by The Straits Times in 2017, the Traffic Police officer had initially approached Lee’s car as his seat belt was not on.
While the officer stood beside the car door, Lee suddenly reversed his Maserati before accelerating, causing Khairulanwar’s uniform to get caught in the door, dragging the Traffic Police officer along the road.
The Traffic Police officer was later taken to Changi General Hospital where he was treated for pain over his right knee, neck and lower back.
Khairulanwar said that he still feels pain in his lower back when he carries heavy items and that the injuries have affected his career.
Cheng was later arrested in a HDB flat at Geylang Bahru, after a witness and another Traffic Police officer gave chase.
Denied being the driver
On Oct. 3, ST reported that Lee has denied in court that he was the driver who caused that incident.
Khairulanwar has also testified that he was unable to identify the driver of the Maserati.
A separate witness, technician Tay Boon Chong, was also unable to identify Lee when the accused’s lawyers cross-examined him.
Tay was in a nearby van when the incident took place.
The van had cameras which caught the incident on tape, and footage of passers-by rendering assistance to Khairulanwar.
Deputy Public Prosecutor Timotheus Koh said that after abandoning the vehicle, Lee went to a friend’s home, confessing that he ran away from the Traffic Police, before confiding in another friend about the issue as well.
Claiming trial to 10 charges related to the incident, Lee is also facing 59 other charges.
Previously, Lee had been fined for installing an altered exhaust system on the same car.
Between 2013 and 2015, Lee was caught using his illegally altered car eight times.
Lee was also fined for causing an accident with a motorcyclist in 2016.
Lee is out on a S$60,000 bail and will resume trial on Oct. 4.
If convicted, Lee may be jailed for up to 15 years and fined or caned.
Top image via Yan Han’s Facebook post