Car ploughs into Senopati drug store (again), driver charged with drug use and possession

A BMW ploughed into a drug store in South Jakarta on Dec. 28, 2019. Photo: Twitter/@TMCPoldaMetro
A BMW ploughed into a drug store in South Jakarta on Dec. 28, 2019. Photo: Twitter/@TMCPoldaMetro

Apotek Senopati, a drug store on Senopati road in South Jakarta, became the scene of yet another car crash — the second in as many months — in the early hours of Saturday.

Related — Security guard killed after college student crashed car into drug store on Senopati Road, police rule out DUI

According to reports, the driver, who is identified by his initials AS, was driving his BMW in Senopati — a popular party district — when he lost control of his vehicle and ploughed it into the drug store. Luckily, no one was hurt in the crash.

AS was suspected of driving under the influence of illegal narcotics after police found traces of marijuana and relaxants in his urine sample. Police also later searched his house in South Tangerang and found one happy five pill — a popular psychotropic drug.

“[AS] may face at least five years in prison,” Jakarta Metro Police spokesman Yusri Yunus told reporters yesterday.

As of today, there have been no reports on whether or not AS would also be charged with negligent driving, as DUIs are often categorized under in Indonesia.

In late October, a car driven by a college student similarly crashed into the same drug store, killing a security guard. The driver was not cleared of any DUI suspicions, but she was charged with vehicular manslaughter caused by negligent driving, which is a crime punishable by up to six years in prison.

Authorities say that a combination of the fact that Apotek Senopati is placed on an intersection and that the district is filled with some of the capital’s most popular restaurants and bars may have been major factors that caused the recent auto accidents.

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