A man was caught red-handed littering outside Ngee Ann City last Tuesday, but when two National Environment Agency (NEA) officers approached him, he decided to make a run for it. Unfortunately for the litterbug, he was caught on camera attempting to evade enforcement action.
First he ignored the officers when they came up to him, then he abruptly broke into a run. The officers gave chase, caught up with him, and told him to calm down and cooperate. Eventually, he gave them his particulars and they issued him a Notice to Attend Court for his littering offence.
The NEA made a statement on Tuesday, stating its awareness of the footage uploaded on the Sure Boh Singapore Facebook page — although the video’s description claimed the man was caught smoking.
Additional charges will be filed against him, said the NEA, as he had hindered its officers from discharging their duties.
“Those who prevent NEA officers from doing their duties may face additional charges, on top of the environmental offences they had committed,” the agency stated.
According to The Straits Times, two men were arrested in separate cases over the last few months — a 22-year-old litterbug shoved an NEA officer and attempted to make a dash for freedom, while a 57-year-old forcefully grabbed the arm of an NEA officer after he was caught lighting up in an area where smoking is prohibited.