Penang police: Teen driver to face another charge after blood test out

By Opalyn Mok
Ng Pei Ven, 19, was charged with consuming an illegal drug at the Bukit Mertajam court this morning.

SEBERANG PERAI, March 17 — Ng Pei Ven who was charged this morning with drug abuse will be charged for a traffic offence once her blood tests are completed, Penang police Chief Datuk Chuah Ghee Lye said today.

The 19-year-old had drawn internet fire for driving against the traffic flow on the fast lane of the North-South Expressway last Tuesday, hitting nine other cars and killing a 26-year-old motorist.

"I am not sure when the results from the Chemist Department will be out but once we get it, we will charge her in court," Chuah told reporters after opening the Penang CPO's Futsal Tourney at the Safira Club here.

He said the police have already completed investigations into the accident and submitted their report to the Attorney-General’s Office for further action.

The police have sent Ng's blood samples to be tested for blood alcohol content.

This morning at the Magistrate’s Court in Bukit Mertajam, Ng was charged with consuming an illegal drug under Section 15(1)(a) of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952.

Dressed in the same short black-and-white dress she wore when detained Tuesday, she looked subdued even as she pleaded not guilty.

Magistrate Jamaliah Abd Manap had allowed her bail of RM5,000 in two sureties and scheduled mention of the case for May 12.

The teen was released after her family posted bail.

Ng was also ordered to report to the Central Seberang Perai police headquarters once a week.

The senior policeman cautioned the teen to abide by the court order on reporting once a week, saying “we will look for her if she fails to do so”.

Chuah also chided social media users who criticised the police for allowing Ng to be released at what they believed was a “low” bail amount.

“Who are we to decide on bail amount? The bail is up to the magistrate and the courts so my advice to all is to be patient and not make comments that may be defamatory to the police or the judiciary,” he said.

He also told the public to be more careful with their comments and only post it based on facts and reports.

Chuah said he was unaware if Ng’s driving licence has been suspended as reported.

Chinese newsaper Sinchew Daily had on its website reported Transport Minister Liow Tiong Lai saying the teen’s driving licence has been suspended for driving while intoxicated.