Traffic police officer injured in hit-and-run accident; Maserati driver arrested

Traffic police officer injured in hit-and-run accident; Maserati driver arrested

Lee Cheng Yan, 34, identified as the driver who injured an on-duty traffic police officer in a hit-and-run accident. (Photo: Singapore Police Force)

SINGAPORE: The police have arrested the driver who injured an on-duty traffic police officer in a hit-and-run accident at Bedok Reservoir Road.

Lee Cheng Yan, 34, was arrested hours later, early Saturday morning (Nov 18), police said in an update to an earlier media statement.

Channel NewsAsia understands the car involved is a white Maserati which was seen speeding and travelling on the wrong side of the road in a video uploaded on Facebook. 

At about 9.20pm on Friday, the 26-year-old traffic police officer stopped the car along Bedok Reservoir Road for enforcement checks. When the officer approached the car, the driver suddenly accelerated the car towards him.

The traffic police officer suffered multiple injuries and was taken to hospital for treatment.

The car was found abandoned at Cedar Avenue.

Police established Lee's identity and later arrested him in an HDB unit along Geylang Bahru Road.

He will be charged in court on Saturday with the offence of causing grievous hurt with a rash act, police added.

Lee Cheng Yan (right) arriving in court on Nov 18, 2017 in a police car. (Photo: Su Sien Chua)

If convicted, he faces up to four years' jail, a fine of up to S$10,000, or both.

According to previous media reports, Lee had several prior violations. He was fined S$13,500 in July for two charges related to using his Maserati with an altered exhaust system - driving without care and attention and causing a motorcyclist hurt, including fractures and abrasions, in an accident along Orchard Road. 

He was caught using the altered car eight times between May 2013 and November 2015, according to reports. 

Source: CNA/dt/ec

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