Man who drove car at cop jailed

Local | Cissy So 23 Jul 2019

A man was yesterday jailed for 30 months after trying to run down a police officer with a car during a chase in Tuen Mun last July.

Ivan Chu Yeung-ching, 25, also had his driving license suspended for four years.

He had pleaded guilty to resisting the police in their execution of their duties, furious driving, forgery and failure to display a valid vehicle license when he appeared before deputy District Court Judge Louisa Lai Nga-man.

He also pleaded guilty to a count of criminal damage, for which he was jointly charged with Andy Hui Ho-yin, 25, who was jailed for four months.

The two were ordered to pay a lorry owner HK$1,250 as compensation.

The court earlier heard that on the night of July 31, officers were investigating a case of a lorry being damaged at Chi Lok Fa Yuen in Tuen Mun.

They spotted a car carrying two men, which included Chu, who left the car with a brick that he used to damage the lorry's windscreen.

An officer tried to arrest Chu but he jumped back into the car and fled. Chu ignored police warnings for them to stop, and drove on to the pavement while the police were running after the car.

When Chu drove the vehicle back on to the road, one officer pointed his service revolver at the car and shouted: "Police! Stop the car! Or else I'll shoot."

Chu then drove at high speed toward the officer, who fired once.

Despite the officer firing another shot, the car did not stop and he had to jump aside to evade Chu's vehicle.

The officer sustained hand and leg injuries during the incident.

Police later found a man who sought treatment for a leg wound at Pok Oi Hospital later that night.

They also found an empty car at Tong Yan San Tsuen interchange, where broken glass and a bullet were found inside, along with a fake license.

The judge said that even though Chu was shot in his thigh, he had only himself to blame as he ignored the safety of other pedestrians and continued driving while the officer was standing near the car.

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