Man arrested after crashing car during attempt to evade Traffic Police officers

SINGAPORE – An 18-year-old man has been arrested after he tried to evade Traffic Police officers and led them on a high-speed chase along the expressway.

He was caught when his vehicle eventually crashed into a road divider in Punggol.

The incident happened in the early hours of Saturday (May 22).

Traffic Police officers were patrolling the Seletar Expressway towards the Tampines Expressway (TPE) on that day when they signalled for a car to stop, said the police on Monday.

But the driver sped off instead, with the officers giving chase.

A video uploaded on Youtube by Facebook group SG Road Vigilante shows a blue car moving at high speed down the TPE near Punggol, with a Traffic Police motorcycle in pursuit.

The police said the chase came to an end when the car crashed into a central divider in Punggol Way.

A 21-year-old male passenger was taken to the hospital, while the driver was arrested for careless driving causing grievous hurt.

The driver is also under investigation for driving without a valid driving licence, using a motor vehicle without insurance coverage, driving without the vehicle owner’s consent and other traffic-related offences, added the police.

A witness told Chinese-language daily Lianhe Wanbao that the passenger was unable to get out of the vehicle after the crash, as the car door had been knocked out of shape.

She also said several individuals attempted to help the passenger but to no avail.

The driver, on the other hand, was able to leave the vehicle and did not appear to be injured, said the witness.

In another part of the Youtube video, officers from the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) are seen gathering around the car, which is on a divider in the middle of the road.

The SCDF told ST on Monday that it was alerted to a road traffic accident near the junction of Punggol Way and Sengkang East Road.

Hydraulic rescue tools were used to free a person trapped in the passenger seat, the SCDF added.

The police are investigating.

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