NUS professor who allegedly went against traffic in Maserati, sped up to overtake lorry gets charged

A National University of Singapore (NUS) professor who was allegedly seen driving a Maserati recklessly along Lorong Chuan was charged in court on Wednesday (Oct 17).

Henry Yeung Wai Chung, who turned 50 on Monday, was reportedly caught on camera going over a centre road divider and travelling against traffic at about 1.05pm on Sep 7. He then sped up to overtake a lorry.

A video posted on Facebook shows how the Maserati narrowly missed crashing head-on into an oncoming taxi and a car.

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No injuries were reported, said the police, who previously told Stomp on Sep 12 that they arrested the motorist for dangerous driving.

According to The Straits Times, the court heard that Yeung, who was unrepresented, intends to plead guilty to his charge of dangerous driving.

The China-born Singaporean was offered bail of $5,000 and will be back in court on Nov 5.

In a statement on Tuesday (Oct 16), the police said: "Driving against the flow of traffic is dangerous and could result in serious or fatal traffic accidents.

"All motorists are urged to drive safely and strictly abide to traffic rules and regulations.

"The Traffic Police will not hesitate to take firm action against motorists who choose to endanger the safety of other road users."

Yeung is the acting head of the Department of Geography at NUS, reported ST.

According to the NUS website, he was an Assistant Professor at the university from 1998 to 1999 before rising up the ranks.

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The school said it is aware of the incident.

A spokesman added: "Professor Henry Yeung will continue to carry out his academic duties. Pending completion of the legal proceedings, a caretaker head will assist with the day-to-day running of the department.

"As legal proceedings are currently underway, the university is not at liberty to comment on this private matter."