Singaporean actor Shane Pow to plead guilty to drink driving charge

SINGAPORE — Actor Shane Pow Xun Ping indicated on Thursday (3 June) that he will plead guilty to the drink driving charge he is currently facing.

Pow, 30, was earlier charged under the Road Traffic Act for having a proportion of alcohol in his body that exceeded the prescribed limit. His plead guilty mention was fixed for 14 July.

The actor was also convicted of drink driving in July 2014. He was fined $1,500 and disqualified from driving for a year for that offence. Repeat drink driving offenders face a mandatory jail term of up to two years and a fine of between $5,000 and $20,000.

According to his charge sheet, he committed his most recent offence on the night of 17 September last year while driving a van along Java Road towards the direction of Nicoll Highway.

At the time, Pow had no less than 49 microgrammes of alcohol in 100ml of breath, according to court documents. This exceeded the prescribed limit of 35 microgrammes of alcohol in 100ml of breath.

The Mediacorp actor was talent-spotted in the 2011 Singapore Manhunt finals. He has since starred in popular dramas such as When Duty Calls in 2018 and Mister Flower, which aired last year.

Mediacorp “parted ways” with the actor after his drink driving charge was reported in the media on 22 April. The company said in a statement that Pow had not informed the artiste management team about the incident.

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