Police arrested an elderly cab driver in the early hours of this morning after he drove his vehicle through the storefront of a cosmetics shop in Sheung Shui.
The driver, surnamed Lai, 68, was behind the wheel of a green cab driving along Fu Hing Street before turning left onto San Fung Avenue at about 2am.
During the turn, however, Lai’s cab appears to have veered even further leftward, ramming through a set of sidewalk railings before crashing through the shutters and storefront of a Sasa cosmetics store, Apple Daily reports.
Lai was not injured in the incident, but does carry a cane to help himself walk, and was photographed by media outlets using the cane to walk to the police car.
The cabbie passed a breathalyzer test, but was arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving. He wasn’t carrying any passengers at the time of the incident.
Lai’s cab was towed away from the scene and impounded for further inspection.
Police are still investigating the cause of the accident.
In Hong Kong, those over the age of 70 who want to apply for or renew their driver’s license need to undergo a health check every three months, regardless of whether they drive a private or a commercial vehicle.
HK01 reports that in 2013, the Transport Department proposed lowering this age to 60, but the proposal was dropped following opposition from members of the transport industry.
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