A civil servant was arrested after he allegedly crashed his car into a group of cyclists on Central Jakarta’s main commercial thoroughfare on Saturday. He subsequently tested positive for drugs, according to the police.
The civil servant, identified as 43-year-old Toto Prasetio, was driving from the north to south of Jalan Sudirman, in front of Summitmas Building, when he ploughed into seven cyclists that morning.
All of the victims suffered injuries of varying degrees as a result of the collision, with two of them reportedly sustaining broken legs and shoulders. As of today, they are still being treated at a hospital in South Jakarta.
The police confiscated a number of items as evidence following the incident, including Toto’s car, driver’s license (SIM), vehicle registration (STNK), as well as the victims’ bicycles. The exorbitant prices of the bicycles — frames of which are estimated to cost between IDR22 million (US$1,584) and IDR68 million — became the subject of much attention online and by the local media.
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Police said that Toto’s urine test results showed that he had been driving under the influence of illegal narcotics.
Toto, who reportedly works for the South Jakarta Police, was charged with negligent driving causing heavy injuries under the Traffic and Road Transport Law, which is punishable by up to 10 years in prison or a fine of IDR20 million.
The incident took place only hours after a car crashed into a drug store for the second time in two months in the nearby popular party district of Senopati in South Jakarta.