Maserati driver in alleged hit-and-run with traffic cop faces additional charges

Lee Cheng Yan appeared in court to face additional charges. (File photo: SPF)
Lee Cheng Yan appeared in court to face additional charges. (File photo: SPF)

The Maserati driver who allegedly caused a hit-and-run accident that injured a Traffic Police (TP) officer appeared in court again on Thursday (28 December) to face 15 additional charges.

Lee Cheng Yan, 34, had previously been charged with committing a rash act that caused grievous hurt and driving whilst disqualified in relation to the 17 November incident.

According to Deputy Public Prosecutor Quek Jing Feng, most of the new charges are traffic-related, but also include obstruction of justice charges. The new charges include driving without motor insurance and failing to stop when ordered by the TP.

Quek applied for the bail amount to be increased, saying Lee’s multiple additional charges were serious enough to warrant it. Lee’s passport will also be impounded.

Lee’s lawyer, S Balamurugan, argued that his client should be considered innocent until proven guilty, and that the investigations do not reveal that Lee is a flight risk.

Quek responded that Lee is not of low fight risk because the circumstances of the case suggested he did not willingly surrender himself to the police.

Lee is already being investigated by the Criminal Investigation Department and Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau for online gambling and moneylending offences, and more charges could be tendered.

On 17 November, Lee allegedly accelerated towards and hit a TP officer who stopped him for enforcement checks. The officer suffered multiple injuries and was sent to hospital. The white Maserati Lee was driving was later found abandoned. Lee was found and arrested at a flat in Geylang Bahru Road, and was charged the next day.

Lee’s case will be mentioned again on 25 January. He is out on $35,000 bail.

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