A French-Chinese man who had jumped bail on drug charges pleaded guilty on Tuesday to dangerous driving after a daring escape that forced an officer he nearly knocked down to fire three shots.
The high-speed car chase began at 2.50am on May 12 when a station sergeant, surnamed Ng, noticed a private car driven by Marco Philippe Cuzet, 25, swaying and braking intermittently along Tuen Mun Road.
The District Court heard Cuzet, a French-born Hong Kong identity card holder, was initially cooperative, pulling over after Ng sounded the siren and demanded he stop.
But as the officer approached the vehicle, Cuzet started the engine and sped away, narrowly missing Ng.
The officer gave chase at 150km/h on his motorbike and followed Cuzet to Tuen Hing Road, into a car park of Yau Oi Estate in Tuen Mun.
When they finally stopped at the car park exit, Ng warned he would fire if Cuzet drove off.
But the court heard Cuzet ignored the warning and began to drive away, leaving Ng trapped between the vehicles.
Ng tapped his gun on Cuzet’s window three times, before firing three shots when the man refused to stop.
Two other police officers who heard a loud bang chased after Cuzet and ordered him from the vehicle.
Upon arrest, at about 3am, Cuzet admitted that he fled because he was wanted for missing his court hearing. He was sent to hospital to treat a gun wound on his left forearm.
Police interviewed the car owner and found he had not agreed to lend his car to Cuzet, whose driving licence had been suspended for a year from June 1, 2018.
Further investigation revealed Cuzet had absconded from a dangerous drugs case in Kowloon City Court.
Cuzet pleaded guilty on Tuesday to one count each of dangerous driving, driving without a valid licence, using a vehicle without third party insurance and taking conveyance without authority.
Two other charges of criminal damage and driving while disqualified were left on the court file.
The court heard there was no evidence of drug or alcohol use in the present case.
Mitigation and sentencing was adjourned to January 23, pending a background report.
District Judge Stanley Chan Kwong-chi warned: “The court believes a custodial sentence is the only option.”
Cuzet was jailed for five months in July by Kowloon City Court, for possessing 0.72 grams of solids containing cocaine on January 26.