Car chases after man ignores roadblock

A man has been arrested for rash driving, after his failure to stop at a roadblock sparked a dramatic car chase that ended in a crash.

The 41-year-old Singaporean was nabbed three hours after he sped through the roadblock at Clementi Loop in the direction of Ayer Rajah Expressway at 2.10am on Sunday.

He is also suspected of driving without a valid licence, police said yesterday. Investigations are ongoing.

The man said to have been behind the wheel of a silver van, with its headlights off, did not slow down at the roadblock despite repeated signals to stop.

Police officers gave chase, and he is believed to have run four red lights before ramming into another vehicle at the junction of Boon Lay Way and Toh Guan Road.

Officers stopped to help the other driver, and the suspect raced off.

The Straits Times understands that the driver was not injured in the accident.

Police found out who the culprit was through follow-up investigations, and the man was arrested near Woodlands Drive 44 at 5.15am the same day.

Those convicted of rash driving face a maximum punishment of a year behind bars and a $5,000 fine.

The man is also being investigated for a slew of other offences, including failing to stop when ordered by a police officer, driving without insurance coverage, and failing to stop after an accident.

This article was published on May 16 in The Straits Times.

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