After hitting taxi, man almost hits elderly taxi driver
Man jailed a week and fined for rash act and inconsiderate driving
The BMW driver was so determined not to get caught, he almost hit an elderly taxi driver standing in front of his car as he drove off.
The cabby was so determined to bring him to justice he tailed the driver home.
There, the police were called and the driver was arrested.
At around 1.15am on June 21, 2014, cabby Reveendran Vijayan, 62, was driving along Lavender Street towards Balestier Road with a passenger in his back seat.
A BMW, driven by Billy Quek Keng Siang, now 45, collided into the rear of his taxi.
Both drivers stopped their vehicles by the side of the road.
Mr Reveendran stepped out of his taxi and while talking to Quek, found he reeked of alcohol.
Quek quickly walked back to his car when asked if he had been drink-driving.
Mr Reveendran stood in front of the BMW and put his hands up to prevent Quek from driving away.
Quek ignored him and drove forward.
The cabby, who was standing about half a car length away, jumped onto the bonnet of the BMW and went to the left to avoid being hit.
With his passenger still in the back seat, Mr Reveendran returned to his taxi and chased Quek from Lavender Street, to Balestier Road. They then reached a multi-storey carpark at Block 115, Whampoa Road.
Mr Reveendran called the cops after spotting the BMW on the third storey. Officers arrested Quek at his home about two hours later.
Quek, who is self-employed, was yesterday jailed for a week and fined $1,000 after pleading guilty to one count each of performing a rash act and inconsiderate driving.
A third charge of failing to render assistance following the accident was taken into consideration during sentencing.
He is out on a bail of $15,000 and will begin his sentence on Monday as he had to settle personal matters.
In mitigation, his lawyer, Mr Choo Si Sen, told District Judge Crystal Ong that no one was injured in the incident and stressed that both vehicles suffered minor damage.
Mr Choo said it happened due to a momentary lapse of attention.
For performing the rash act, Quek could have been jailed up to six months and fined up to $2,500.
For inconsiderate driving, he could have been jailed up to six months and fined up to $1,000.