Lee Cheng Yan, who was supposed to be banned from driving in Singapore for his whole lifetime, claimed trial to four other unrelated traffic violations, said The Straits Times.
He was previously sentenced to four years and seven months in jail for dragging a policeman for more than 100 meters after he was flagged down for not wearing a seatbelt. The incident happened on Bedok road while Cheng was in his white Maserati. He tried to get away from the policeman, but ended up dragging and injuring the officer.
He was not allowed to drive a vehicle at the time as well, since he was also facing several different traffic charges.
Who is Lee Cheng Yan?
The man who seems to be making a career out of traffic violations and other incidents gained infamy when the case of a Maserati involved in a traffic accident surfaced. On November 17, 2017, a police officer named Staff Sergeant Khairulanwar Abd Kahar flagged down Lee’s white Maserati along Bedok Reservoir Road at about 9:20 pm. Lee was not wearing a seatbelt.
While the officer was standing next to the driver door, Lee reversed into the man and accelerated suddenly. The policeman was dragged violently for more than 100 meters. The officer dropped onto the road when Lee stopped, and suffered serious injuries.
Lee then sped off, leaving the officer injured on the ground. The white Maserati was later found abandoned on Cedar Avenue next to Wan Tho Avenue. Lee was apprehended five hours later at Geylang Bahru HDB, which was one kilometer away from where he left his car.
Lee was already prohibited from driving at the time the hit-and-run happened.
He maintains a defense that he handed his keys to a person named “Kelvin” two hours before the Maserati hit-and-run happened.
Lee Cheng Yan doesn’t care he’s banned from driving, has 65 other charges
The Straits Times reported, “Although banned from driving, he allegedly drove on four occasions this year: at about 2.30pm on Feb 13 at the service road of Block 18 Upper Boon Keng Road; at about 5.25pm on March 1 at the service road of Block 2C Upper Boon Keng Road; at about 12.40am on March 4 along Ang Mo Kio Street 32; and at about 4am on March 12 along MacPherson Road towards the direction of Airport Road.”
Lee appeared in court recently, however, to appeal his sentencing pertaining to the hit-and-run case. He said that he needed the trial adjourned since he was getting a new lawyer and they had not “signed” yet.
Aside from traffic charges, Lee was also set to face charges pertaining to illegal moneylending and gambling, among others.