Engineer charged with drink driving, injuring ex-cop at food court

Engineer S Surintheran is led out of the Ampang Magistrate’s Court after being charged with driving under the influence of alcohol. (Bernama pic)

KUALA LUMPUR: An engineer, who allegedly rammed his car into a stall at a food court, injuring a retired policeman, claimed trial to a charge of drink driving at the Ampang Magistrate’s Court here today.

S Surintheran, 42, pleaded not guilty when the charge was read out to him before magistrate Farah Nasihah Annuar.

Surintheran was accused of driving under the influence of alcohol, which resulted in him being unable to control his car before ramming into two cars and injuring Mohd Rose Hassan, 63, a customer at the Taman Melawati food court, at 8.30 pm on June 26.

The offence under Section 44 (1) of the Road Transport Act 1987 carries a jail term of between three and 10 years and a maximum fine of RM20,000, upon conviction.

Deputy public prosecutor Nur Intan Syakieraah Zakaria did not offer any bail on the grounds that it was a non-bailable offence.

Lawyer A Venkateswari, however, sought bail for Surintheran, saying he was the sole breadwinner for his family of two young children and aged parents, and that he was being charged for the first time.

Farah Nasihah fixed bail at RM7,000 in one surety and ordered Surintheran to surrender his passport to the court.

The case will be mentioned on Aug 5.

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