Serial traffic offender led police on wild chase

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 05 July, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 05 July, 2007, 12:00am

A disqualified driver who had accumulated a long list of traffic offences - 14 of them criminal - has racked up still more after leading police on a wild chase along the Tolo Highway at speeds of up to 130km/h.

So Po-fuk, 28, pleaded guilty before District Court Judge Kevin Browne to charges including dangerous driving, driving while disqualified, using a motor vehicle without third-party insurance and resisting a police officer in the course of duty.

Prosecutor Abdul Aziz Hoosen said So's previous driving record included seven offences of driving without insurance, two of driving while disqualified and five of careless driving.

He said So was disqualified from driving for three years in May last year for driving without insurance and driving an unlicensed vehicle.

However, at about 11pm on August 15 last year, patrolling officers spotted him driving near the Tolo Highway at a speed above 70km/h. They tried to stop him but he accelerated onto the highway.

Ignoring the 100km/h speed limit, he drove at 110km/h to 130km/h, weaving between lanes and overtaking other cars in a dangerous manner, causing other drivers to brake suddenly to avoid a collision, Mr Hoosen said.

The chase ended after So left the highway and stopped at a traffic light on Tai Po Road, where officers approached to arrest him.

However, So refused to get out of his vehicle. When one of the police officers opened his door to subdue him he resisted strongly, trying to drive away even as the officer was pulling him out of the seat.

The officer fell to the ground, suffering abrasions and a torn uniform.

So was arrested after another police officer arrived to help.

He was finally subdued in Nam Wan Road.

Judge Browne adjourned sentencing to Tuesday.