In a report by the Straits Times, a $630,000 Lamborghini owned by an Indonesian company has been forfeited to the government, after the driver of the vehicle was caught street racing along Tampines Expressway in May 2015.
Who was the man behind the wheel?
The Lamborghini was registered under the company owned by the parents of one Indonesian Kevin Pratama Chandra, aged 24.
He was fined $1,500, jailed for two weeks and had been banned for driving for 18 months after he plead guilty to charges last July 15. The charges were dangerous driving and taking part in an unauthorized speed trial. Two other charges for similar offenses were considered during sentencing.
The report said that his parents were at the hearing and were disappointed at the ruling. Prosecutors said that the car was seized as it is mandated by law that vehicles used in street racing shall be forfeited to the government.
How were they caught?
Police officers were reportedly waiting to catch illegal street racers on Seletar Link when they noticed the convergence of several luxury vehicles in the area. The operation happened on May 18, 2015.
At around 11:30 in the evening, the police officers followed the Lamborghini driven by Chandra and found around 20 other cars congregated, including a Nissan GT-R owned by food and beverage manager Koo Kwok En, 37.
The two cars then made unauthorized U turns and began racing along the expressway. They repeated the race, just to see which of the two cars was the fastest.
The police then made their move and clocked their speeds at 219 km/hr for both vehicles.
Koo was also punished
According to the report, Koo was actually driving his wife’s Nissan GT-R, which was also forfeited. He pleaded guilty at an earlier court date and was jailed for 2 weeks, fined a higher amount of $2,500 and had the same ban length from driving.
First-time offenders of illegal racing can be locked for up to six months and fined up to $2,000.
Those convicted of dangerous driving can be jailed for a year and forced to pay up to $3,000.
What do Singaporeans have to say?
Here’s what the ever-opinionated bunch over at Hardware Zone have to say:
Someone was asking the right questions.
Others commented what happened.
So that’s what the orange Lamborghini may have looked like…
Some people wanted to play chicken and egg.
Still with the important questions.
Some users wanted the police to use the car.
If you were Chandra’s parent, you sure you wouldn’t be disappointed that your son gave away the Lamborghini?
Someone pointed out important facts about life and rich people.
Someone claimed he knew the guy and gave credence to the comment above.
In the end, two men 13 years apart in age used luxury cars that weren’t their own in an illegal street race. Is the Tampines Expressway the new scene for the next Fast and the Furious?
But the point of those movies is that they didn’t get caught. In this case, these two are no Paul Walker and Vin Diesel.