An unqualified driver who crashed into a minibus and several other vehicles while fleeing from police was jailed for 30 months yesterday.
When stopped by police, Yeung Chi-tim drove off at speed, forcing an officer to jump onto the kerb to avoid being run over.
Yeung pleaded guilty to eight charges including dangerous driving, driving without a licence, driving without insurance, obstructing a police officer and possessing offensive weapons.
A machete and nunchaku were found in his car.
District Court Judge So Wai-tak said: "You disregarded the safety of the road users and the safety of [the police officer]." He said a jail term was necessary as police officers must be respected.
Prosecutor Priscilia Lam told the court that Yeung was found driving with a learners' permit when he was stopped at a road block at Sham Shui Po on February 24 of this year.
He was released on HK$4,000 bail.
On the morning of April 8, Yeung was seen speeding and jumping red lights in Ma Tau Kok Road.
He was pursued by a police officer on a motorcycle.
He was eventually forced to stop when he became trapped behind some taxis.
When the officer was approaching Yeung's car to switch off its engine, Yeung wound up the window.
He then sped away without warning.
Lam said Yeung sped into another lane, crashing into a minibus.
He then hit a van, a taxi and a car before fleeing from the scene.
Yeung's car was found soon after in a nearby street.
The police found the nunchaku and machete in the car.
Yeung was arrested the next day.
He said he had collected the bag of weapons from a friend, and had fled the police as he was afraid of being found in possession of the weapons.