Learner driver held in chase

Top News | Jane Cheung 23 Apr 2019

A driver with a learner's licence was arrested for furious driving after he led police on a car chase for 30 kilometers.

At about 2am yesterday, the 46-year-old driver, Fan, encountered a roadblock on Tsing Kwai Highway set up by the New Territories South traffic task force to combat illegal racing and drunk driving.

He accelerated and knocked down an officer before heading into Cheung Tsing Tunnel. He then traveled to the Lantau Link in the direction of the airport before making a U-turn at the Magic Road roundabout near Disneyland before driving toward Tuen Mun Road.

It is understood the van reached speeds as high as 180 kilometers per hour.

The van entered Castle Peak Road and traveled in contravention of road markings in Sham Tseng for 400 meters before crashing into railings and stopping.

Fan fled and tried to blend in as a pedestrian. However, police arrested him when he walked out of a commercial building after recognizing his attire.

He was arrested for eight offenses - furious driving, taking a conveyance without authority, driving without third-party insurance, driving in a non-learning period, driving without a tutor, driving without a valid license, failing to show a probationary driving license and driving on the highway with a probationary license.

The officer struck by the van injured his left shoulder and was sent to Yan Chai Hospital.

In the same operation, police arrested a 29-year-old man, surnamed Ho, for driving without a valid license and third party insurance.

Ho was released on bail and will be required to report to the police in late May.

Barrister Albert Luk Wai-hung said Fan's offenses were serious and he knowingly committed the crimes since he was in his forties. He may also be accountable for damaged property through civil procedures.

Luk expects the court to ban Fan from taking a driving exam and added that the maximum penalty for furious driving is a two-year prison sentence.

Luk said one of Fan's offenses was taking a van without authority.

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