Two men arrested for fighting on road

Two men arrested for fighting on road

Two men who fought in the middle of a road on Tuesday were arrested by police at the scene and are being investigated for affray.

Their altercation next to the junction of Chai Chee Street and Chai Chee Drive was caught on video, which has been shared more than 4,000 times.

The 40-second clip shows a 26-year-old helmeted motorcyclist tussling with a 39-year-old Caucasian driver, who then pins him to the ground.

The eyewitness who filmed the video approaches the duo, asking them to stop. It is not known what sparked the fight, although the motorcyclist's vehicle was lying on the ground beside the other man's car.

"You want to get this guy off me?" the Caucasian man is heard saying. "Listen, if I stand up and he hits me, I'll hit him back. Do you understand?"

After they get up, the motorcyclist is heard saying in Malay that the driver had pushed his motorcycle over. Vulgarities are exchanged before the clip ends. The driver adds: "If you challenge me, me and you are going to have a problem."

Police said they received a call for assistance at 4.46pm, and officers who responded arrested the two men. The Straits Times understands that both are out on bail.

Criminal lawyer Josephus Tan said the prelude to the fight would determine which party started it. He added that there have been numerous cases of road rage where "a victim" of an accident takes matters into his own hands and ends up breaking the law. "You may not have caused the collision, but that doesn't give you the right to use force."

yanliang@sph.com.sg

This article was published on April 3 in The Straits Times.

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