‘Wrong way’ teen driver charged with substance abuse

teen-driverBUKIT MERTAJAM: The teen driver behind Tuesday’s wrong-way incident on the North-South Expressway (PLUS) was charged with substance abuse at the Magistrate’s Court here.

Ng Pei Ven, 19, of Butterworth, was charged under Section 15 (1) (a) of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952 for consuming the amphetamine drug. She was calm when the charge was read out to her in Mandarin.

The charge carries a two-year jail term and/or RM5,000 fine. Ng pleaded not guilty.

Police prosecuting officer ASP Md Azman Kadir asked the court to set a high bail amount since Ng’s case had attracted a lot of public interest.

Azman asked the court to suspend her driving licence as Ng’s actions had caused the death of another driver.

He also told the court to mandate a weekly urine test for Ng should she be out on bail.

Ng, who was unrepresented, pleaded for a lower bail amount before Magistrate Jamaliah Abd Manap.

She said she was unemployed, and her father worked as a motorcycle mechanic and her mother as an insurance agent.

teen-driver2Jamaliah allowed bail at RM5,000 with two sureties. Jamaliah then ordered Ng to report to the Central Seberang Prai district police headquarters once a week.

Jamaliah fixed May 12 for mention.

Ng’s relatives posted bail. She was seen wearing the same black-and-white short dress from Tuesday’s incident.

Ng’s left eye remained bandaged and her right arm was also in a sling.

Before entering court, she was seen sobbing while being escorted by police officers.

Meanwhile, Central Seberang Prai police chief ACP Nik Ros Azhan Nik Abdul Hamid said Ng’s four-day remand order expired today and she has been released on police bail.