Disqualified driver sent to jail after wild chase with police

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 11 July, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 11 July, 2007, 12:00am

A disqualified driver who led police on a wild chase along the Tolo Highway at speeds of up to 130km/h was jailed for two years yesterday.


So Po-fuk, 28, was also disqualified from driving for another three years.


So, who had 15 previous traffic convictions, pleaded guilty in the District Court last Wednesday to dangerous driving, driving while disqualified, using a motor vehicle without third-party insurance and resisting a police officer.


The court heard earlier that he had been rushing home to Fanling to protect his family from harassment by loan sharks last August 15 when the police gave chase. When eventually stopped, he got into a scuffle with the officers trying to arrest him, injuring one of them.


Judge Kevin Browne said yesterday the case was not the worst of its kind, and no property was damaged. 'The injury of the policeman did not arise from the dangerous driving but [So's] resistance to the arrest.'


He noted that So had a long list of traffic offences, including a court order disqualifying him from driving until May 2009 for driving without insurance and driving an unlicensed vehicle.


So, who was disqualified until 2012, could drive again only if he sat and passed a new driving test, the judge added.


During the chase at about 11pm, So drove at 110km/h to 130km/h, weaving between lanes and overtaking other cars in a dangerous manner. His actions caused other drivers to brake suddenly to avoid accidents, the court heard.


So left the highway and had stopped at a traffic light on Tai Po Road, where officers approached his vehicle, but he refused to get out.


When one of the officers opened his door to subdue him, he tried to drive away even as the officer was pulling him out of the seat.


The officer fell to the ground, scraping his elbow and back. So was arrested after another officer arrived. He told police he tried to flee because he did not want to go to jail.


Previous convictions


Five for careless driving


One for reckless driving


Seven for driving a vehicle without third-party insurance


Two for driving while disqualified