Jail for drug user who drove car into wa­ter

For­mer pri­vate-hire car driver smashed through bar­ri­ers, hit ranger at Sen­tosa

The New Paper - - NEWS - SHAFFIQ ALKHATIB

A drug user drove his multi-pur­pose ve­hi­cle (MPV) into the wa­ters off Sen­tosa Cove in 2017 and had to be res­cued.

Lim Jin Ping, 37, ad­mit­ted that he had smoked am­phet­a­mines ev­ery day in the week be­fore the in­ci­dent on Aug 25 that year.

Yes­ter­day, he was sen­tenced to 11 months and four weeks in jail and also dis­qual­i­fied from driv­ing all classes of ve­hi­cles for two years.

The for­mer pri­vate-hire car driver pleaded guilty in Novem­ber last year to two mis­chief charges, as well as one count each of as­sault and drug con­sump­tion.

An In­sti­tute of Men­tal Health (IMH) re­port, dated Sept 14, 2017, stated that he was in­tox­i­cated with am­phet­a­mines, lead­ing to psy­chotic symp­toms such as au­di­tory hal­lu­ci­na­tions and para­noid delu­sions.

The symp­toms ceased when he was in re­mand at IMH.

The court heard that he was ad­mit­ted to IMH in 2012 and 2015 for drug-in­duced psy­chosis af­ter con­sum­ing am­phet­a­mines.

At about 2pm on Aug 25, 2017, Lim drove to the Sen­tosa Gate­way en­trance and smashed through a gantry barrier, caus­ing dam­age which came to $1,605.

He then drove against the flow of traf­fic at a roundabout to­wards Tan­jong Beach Walk.

About six min­utes later, he drove through an­other barrier be­hind Tan­jong Beach Club.

Sen­tosa ranger Im­ran Ka­marudin, 31, saw the MPV head­ing to­wards him. Be­fore he could get out of the way, the car hit the right side of his body, caus­ing him to roll off the bon­net and onto the ground.

Mr Im­ran and a col­league pur­sued the car on their bikes as it headed to­wards Tan­jong Gate.

Lim rammed into the closed gate, caus­ing $2,190.59 worth of dam­age, and drove against the flow of traf­fic in Cove Drive.

When he reached the en­trance of W Sin­ga­pore Sen­tosa Cove ho­tel, he made a right turn, driv­ing to­wards the ma­rina, af­ter which the ve­hi­cle plunged into the wa­ter.

Deputy Pub­lic Pros­e­cu­tor Yang Zil­iang told the court that ship cap­tain David Roberts, 36, who is trained in life­sav­ing, dived into the sea on see­ing what hap­pened.

“David reached through the open driver’s win­dow and un­buck­led the seat belt of the ac­cused... David used a stone to break the back win­dow of the ve­hi­cle and pulled the ac­cused out of the sub­merged ve­hi­cle,” the DPP added.

The court was told that Mr Im­ran had to seek med­i­cal at­ten­tion for in­juries, in­clud­ing bruises to the right side of his body and knee.

He was granted med­i­cal leave un­til Aug 31, 2017.

PHOTO: SHIN MIN DAILY NEWS

Res­cuers re­triev­ing the multi-pur­pose ve­hi­cle that Lim Jin Ping drove into the wa­ters off Sen­tosa Cove.

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