A gas delivery man who crashed into a motorcyclist and then fled admitted that he had been on heroin at the time.
Toh Hong Leng, 44, who was also found to be carrying the drug and syringes, was sentenced to more than five years in jail and ordered to be caned yesterday after pleading guilty to seven charges.
He had beaten a red light in his rental car and was making an illegal right turn into Upper Paya Lebar Road when he encroached into the path of Huin Jian Min, 27, and causing him minor injuries.
Later that evening, police found Toh at a workshop where he was having repairs done to his vehicle to cover up his involvement in the accident.
During a search, they found he had ten straws of a granular substance containing at least 0.18g of heroin along with four syringes and two metal spoons.
A urine test found that he had been taking morphine.
Deputy Public Prosecutor Wilbur Lua said Toh had admitted taking heroin before the accident at about 11.10am on Sept 5 last year.
After the collision, Toh stopped momentarily, then made a sharp left turn and sped off in the direction of Guillemard Road.
Toh was arrested at the workshop at Sin Ming Industrial Estate Sector A.
He was sentenced to a total of five years and five months in jail and three strokes of the cane. He must also pay a $1,000 fine and has been banned from driving for 12 months.
This article was first published on March 4, 2015.
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