Life in the fast lane leads pet groomer to prison

PUBLISHED : Friday, 29 June, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 29 June, 2012, 12:00am


A pet groomer led police on a wild car chase around Yuen Long at speeds of up to 140km/h just four months after another dangerous driving incident, a court heard yesterday.

Michael Ip Cheong-hing, 25, pleaded guilty in the District Court to five charges - dangerous driving, two counts of assaulting a police officer, one of resisting arrest and one of drug possession.

He was jailed for 28 months.

Ip was on bail awaiting sentencing on the first driving offence that occurred in November when he led police on a 19-kilometre chase in March.

The court earlier heard that police saw Ip run a red light in Kung Um Road on March 11 and gave chase.

He led them through various streets in Yuen Long, at one point driving into oncoming traffic for 300 metres.

Ip was finally forced to a stop when he rammed the car into a fence at Shui Tsiu San Tsuen.

But the chase did not stop there.

Officers pursued him as he tried to flee on foot.

While trying to avoid capture Ip shoved one officer and threw a glass bottle at another. They eventually subdued him and found he was carrying a small amount of ketamine.

'The defendant showed a blatant disregard for the safety of the police and other road users,' Deputy District Judge Anthony Kwok Kai-on said as he handed down the sentence. 'It was fortunate that other road users were not hurt.'

On June 5, Ip was jailed for 16 months after pleading guilty to one count of dangerous driving relating to the November incident. His licence was suspended for 18 months.

In that incident, Ip reversed his car, forcing a police officer to leap out of the way. A passenger was arrested after police found drugs on him.

At the time, Ip had been on a bond for drug possession.

He was ordered to serve a further six weeks in jail because he broke the conditions of his bond.

The judge yesterday ordered that Ip's licence be suspended for 40 months. He also ordered that the jail terms be served concurrently, meaning Ip will serve 28 months.