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ERRANT E-SCOOTER RIDER JAILED AFTER HANDLEBAR HIT LTA OFFICER

71-year-old Wong Chong Weng, was sentenced to 3 weeks imprisonment and fined $1,400 on 15 June after pleading guilty to one count of performing a rash act that endangered the safety of others, one count of failing to stop his e-scooter when asked to do so by officers, and one count of riding his e-scooter on the road.

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Wong had ridden his e-scooter illegally on the road and when spotted by LTA officers, he turned around and rode against the flow of traffic – e-scooters can only be used on cycling paths.

He then hit one of the LTA officers in the chest with the handlebar of his e-scooter, resulting in the officer suffering bruises on his chest.

Background

Wong was riding his e-scooter on the left lane of the road along Sembawang Drive on 29 October 2019, when he was stopped by an enforcement officer who was on duty that day, Muhammad Firhan Abdul Kadir.

Wong refused to comply with Firhan’s instruction, and the latter then alerted several auxiliary police officers nearby about the situation.

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Wong then spotted the other officers approaching him and turned his scooter around, riding against the flow of traffic.

He soon realised that he was riding back to Firhan and got off his scooter before trying to carry it onto the pavement.

The scooter then got stuck on a grass patch and Firhan then shouted at Wong to stop, but the latter refused.

Wong then managed to get his scooter back on the road and continued riding it, and the handlebar then hit Firhan in the chest.

The police were then alerted about the situation by another LTA officer, and Firhan was then conveyed to Khoo Teck Puat Hospital.

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Firhan was found with a bruised chest and given 3 days MC.

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