He drove his girlfriend’s car despite not having a license and ended up getting caught at a police roadblock along Yio Chu Kang Road.
For his actions, 24-year-old Ashry Owyong Min was fined a total of $2,200 at the State Courts on Thursday (4 January) after he pleaded guilty to one count of driving without a qualified license, one count of driving the car while lacking insurance, and one count of driving the car without the owner’s consent.
He was also disqualified from driving all classes of vehicles for a year.
Owyong, who has been in the social media spotlight recently after his ex-girlfriend, influencer Chloe Teo, uploaded a blog post on 27 December detailing how he allegedly “five-timed” her while they were still in a relationship. The post has since gone viral.
The car Owyong drove belonged to his girlfriend, 23-year-old Rhys Wong Sze Hwee.
Investigations revealed that at around 3.30am on 22 September last year, Owyong took Wong’s car keys from the dining room of her home while she was asleep in her room. He was staying at Wong’s home at the time.
At around 4am, Owyong encountered a police roadblock while driving along Yio Chu Kang Road towards Upper Thomson Road. A police officer asked Owyong for his driver’s licence and discovered that he did not possess one. The officer then lodged a report against Owyong after taking down his particulars.
Dressed in a white shirt, black jeans and sneakers, Owyong told the court that he was “sorry” for the act and pleaded for leniency as he was “still studying”. He declined comment on the case when approached outside the State Courts.
For driving without a valid licence or driving a car without the owner’s consent, Owyong could have been jailed for up to three months or fined a maximum of $1,000 as a first offender on each charge. For driving a car without insurance, he could have been jailed up to three months and fined $1,000.
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