Despite not having a driving licence, Muhamad Umair Md Nasir decided to take his friend's car for a spin without asking for permission.
Police stopped Umair, 29, for a spot check in Whitley Road but instead of pulling into the checking bay, he sped off and was later seen driving erratically on the Pan-Island Expressway (PIE).
When he was finally caught, it turned out that he was driving under the influence of drugs.
Yesterday, the rope access technician was sentenced to 5 1/2 years' jail, three strokes of the cane, and fined $3,200 for drug- and traffic-related offences as well as criminal intimidation.
He was also banned from driving for a year.
The court heard that he had taken his friend's car without consent on May 1 last year after the friend fell asleep at home.
After he sped off from Whitley Road, he drove along PIE towards Changi Airport.
A policeman who gave chase saw him drive in a zig-zag manner while changing lanes abruptly. Umair also encroached upon the path of other cars, causing their drivers to take evasive action.
He was finally stopped at Mount Pleasant Road and arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of drugs.
Investigations showed that he had a relapse about a month earlier and had smoked Ice, the street name for methamphetamine, at Lucky Plaza carpark on May 1 last year. He was liable for enhanced punishment for drug consumption as his earlier conviction and sentence had not been set aside.
The criminal intimidation charge was related to an incident on Jan 1 this year, when he threatened his girlfriend's former boyfriend at Seah Im Food Centre while holding a knife.
This article was first published on May 7, 2015.
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