A traffic police officer trying to keep roads safe got caught up in an unfortunate event after a rebel driver allegedly trapped his arm and dragged him along the road.
The Singapore Police Force today said that a 69-year-old taxi driver was arrested on Sunday for voluntarily causing hurt to deter a public servant from discharge of duty by winding up his car window on the arm of an officer and driving off at Farrer Road.
Dash cam footage circulating online today showed the incident before the taxi drove off.
The police said the 34-year-old officer was around Holland Road when he spotted the driver using his mobile phone while driving. The driver continued driving even though the officer signaled him to pull over.
The “uncooperative” driver eventually stopped but refused to provide his particulars.
Thinking that the driver might speed off, the officer reached in to turn off the car’s ignition but his arm was stuck when the driver allegedly wound up the window. The officer was then dragged for “a few metres” before stopping and his arm was freed.
The officer had to be taken to the hospital.
If found guilty, the driver could be jailed for up to seven years and fined. Additionally, for using a phone while driving, he could also be fined up to S$1,000 and jailed for six months.
“The police have zero tolerance towards such brazen acts of violence towards police officers or public servants carrying out their duties,” the police said in a news release.
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