Driver & passenger who 'reeked of alcohol' ditch Mercedes after crashing into tree in Bugis

Police investigations are ongoing.

Daniel Seow | October 17, 2023, 07:13 PM


WhatsappAfter a blue Mercedes hit a tree and flipped on its side in an early morning accident near Middle Road, its driver and passenger disappeared from the scene before authorities arrived.

The accident happened near the junction of Middle Road and Queen Street on Oct. 17 at about 1.55am, the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) stated.

The accident

An eyewitness surnamed Xu told Shin Min Daily News (Shin Min) that the incident had occurred in the vicinity of a bar.

She saw the blue Mercedes making a right turn before driving into the shrubbery and crashing into a tree along the side of the road.

The vehicle then flipped onto its side.

Image from Shin Min Daily News.

Xu added that about four to five men, who looked like bar workers, came over to right the car.

They rescued a male driver and female passenger from the vehicle.

Seemingly drunk couple left scene in a cab

During the rescue, Xu also heard a few of the men yell out the couple's names, and some of the rescuers said in Hokkien, "They're drunk".

She observed that the vehicle's two occupants appeared to be intoxicated, and reeked of alcohol.

She saw the car's occupants converse with the male rescuers.

The men then brought them to a nearby taxi stand, where they hailed a taxi.

"Before the ambulance and police arrived on the scene, the pair had already left," Xu added.

Shin Min also reported that it is believed the police are looking for them.

Car ended up on sidewalk

Pictures shared by Xu showed the car ended up on the pavement with its doors flung open.

Its exterior was badly scratched, and the vehicle's airbags had also been activated.

Image from Shin Min Daily News.

Xu revealed that prior to the accident, the car seemed to be travelling at a very fast speed.

She also spoke to a female delivery rider who had narrowly avoided being hit by the car.

"I heard her say that if she had driven any faster, she would have been hit," Xu told Shin Min.

"She also told me fearfully that the accident happened right in front of her eyes, and it was terrifying," Xu added.

Police investigations ongoing

According to Shin Min, the police said they are aware of this traffic accident, and investigations are ongoing.

SCDF also confirmed with Mothership that its assistance was not required for this case.

Top image from Shin Min Daily News.