Hong Kong Ferrari driver’s joyride with girlfriend ends in traffic light crash and arrest

The car belonged to a friend and was taken without the owner’s permission, according to authorities

PUBLISHED : Monday, 10 July, 2017, 2:11pm
UPDATED : Monday, 10 July, 2017, 2:14pm

A 23-year-old man with a suspended driving licence was arrested after he slammed his friend’s Ferrari into a traffic light in Yuen Long on Monday.

He was on an early morning joyride with his girlfriend, a police source said.

The white Ferrari mowed down a traffic light in Town Park Road South shortly before 3.30am. The vehicle was extensively damaged on the right side, and its front wheel was dislodged.

Police were told the vehicle was worth more than HK$2 million when it was bought in 2011.

The driver and his girlfriend were unhurt in the incident, police said. The man’s breathalyser test results were above the legal limit.

Police arrested him for drink-driving, driving with a suspended licence and without third-party insurance as well as taking conveyance without authority.

By midday, the man was being held for questioning at Yuen Long police station and had not been charged.

The couple’s early morning spin began on Shan Ha Road, Yuen Long where the Ferrari was parked. It is understood the car was taken without the owner’s permission.

After travelling for less than a kilometre, it careened out of control in Town Park Road South before mounting a divider and slamming into the traffic light, according to the police source.

He said police were investigating if the vehicle had exceeded the speed limit of 50km/h at the time of the crash. Detectives from Yuen Long police district are handling the case.

The Transport Department said the accident led to the closure of a section of Town Park Road South and caused bus routes to be diverted. The road section was reopened at about 10am after the vehicle was towed away.

Separately on the same day, a car tipped on its side when its driver lost control, slamming his vehicle into a metal central divider in Chatham Road North, Hung Hom at about 7am.

The impact of the collision threw a part of the metal fence onto a passing taxi in the opposite lane, police said. The taxi then collided with a bus.

The 22-year-old driver of the car complained of chest pain and was taken to Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Yau Ma Tei for treatment.

Officers from the Kowloon West traffic unit are investigating the cause of the accident.