Truck driver sent to drug rehabilitation centre after hitting car
The first driver charged under a more stringent law combating drug driving was sent to a rehabilitation centre yesterday.
Ko Chi-ching, 33, was snorting ketamine in a stationary truck when he accidentally released the brake, causing the vehicle to move forward and hit a car parked in front of it. The court heard that the truck's engine was still running.
He earlier pleaded guilty in District Court to possession of dangerous drugs, dangerous driving and driving with an illicit drug in his bloodstream.
District Court Judge Josiah Lam Wai-kuen also revoked Ko's driver's licence for two years.
"Mandatory treatment at a [drug-addiction treatment centre] not only benefits the defendant, but also society at large," Lam said.
He said he did not revoke Ko's licence for a longer period because he is a professional driver.
The judge said the case was less serious than a precedent pointed to by the prosecution. In that case, a taxi driver was jailed for more than 30 months and disqualified from driving for three years for driving while on drugs. His passenger had jumped out of the taxi just before the driver rammed it into a lamp post.
The judge said that in Ko's case, the vehicle was stationary, there was no passenger involved, and the collision had been minor.
Ko was arrested on Aberdeen Main Road on March 22, a week after the new law against drug driving came into effect.
The court heard that Ko started taking ketamine in 2007. He had two convictions for possession of dangerous drugs.