A driver has handed himself into police after he was caught on dash cam driving the wrong way through a busy tunnel in Hong Kong.
The incident in question took place at 8pm on Saturday inside the newly opened Central-Wan Chai Bypass, and video posted online shows a black car driving in the middle of the two-lane tunnel, heading in the opposite direction of traffic as other motorists sound their horns.
According to i-Cable News, the car was later identified as belonging to actor-turned-businessman Ng Kai-ming, who was a passenger in the car at the time of the incident.
Ng told the broadcaster in a phone interview that the person behind the wheel was his driver, a 65-year-old local man surnamed Fung, whom he hired two months ago.
Ng said that he was heading towards the Four Seasons Hotel that evening, and that Fung was not familiar with the new route via the tunnel.
“We turned a corner into the tunnel, and then I went, ‘That’s odd, why is there a car heading our way in front of us? Did they make a wrong turn?’ Then I realized there were two other cars in the opposite direction; we were facing the wrong way,” he said.
Speaking to Ming Pao, Ng defended the driver, saying Fung had more than 10 years of professional driving experience, and had no driving-related offenses to his name.
Fung handed himself in at the Shau Kei Wan police station on Sunday on advice from Ng, who said he wouldn’t fire the driver and would hire a lawyer to defend him.
i-Cable reports that Fung was formally charged with one count of dangerous driving yesterday.
The Central-Wan Chai Bypass — an underground tunnel that runs from Sheung Wan to Fortress Hill — officially opened in January.