When do you feel like giving way to another motorist during a busy day? Well, when you’re happy, of course, and also when you hear the siren of any emergency vehicle (ambulance, fire brigade, or police vehicle). What about VIPs escorted by the police?
Recently, police arrested a maintenance company employee who had refused to give way to Yang di-Pertua Of Sarawak’s escort before driving off in a hurry.
After four days of remand, he was sentenced to 12 days and fined RM10,000 by two Magistrate Courts today.
He was convicted for obstructing the duties of a policeman who accompanied the convoy and recklessly and dangerously driving on the Sultan Iskandar Highway.
The Magistrate Aina Azahra Arifin sentenced Erdy Errwan Hamdan, 36, to seven days in jail and a fine of RM3,000.
Errwan pleaded guilty to obstructing Lance Corporal Mohd Azwar Iqbal Chinang from carrying out his official duties to accompany the Yang di-Pertua Of Sarawak.
The prosecution was filed under Section 186 of the Penal Code which carries a maximum jail term of two years or a maximum fine of RM10,000 or both.
Meanwhile, Magistrate Amanina Mohamad Anuar sentenced him to five days in jail and a fine of RM7,000 and disqualified him from holding or obtaining a driving license for not less than five years.
He admitted to driving a yellow Honda Civic in a reckless manner and being dangerous to himself and road users at 10 pm at the same location and date.
The offence is charged under Section 42 (1) of the Road Transport Act 1987 and is punishable by the same act, which carries a maximum jail term of five years.
It also carries a fine of not less than RM5,000 and a maximum of RM15,000 as well as disqualification from holding or obtaining a driving license for not less than five years.
Aina Azahra ordered the accused to serve the seven-day jail sentence starting from the date of arrest on 7 May or be jailed for three months if he failed to pay the fine.
Meanwhile, Amanina ordered the five-day jail sentence, effective today or jailed for five months if the fine is not paid.
Earlier, Deputy Public Prosecutor Nurilya Ellyna Norazman and Prosecuting Officer Inspector Abdullah Khazali applied for appropriate punishment to teach a lesson to the accused and the community.
Errwan, who was not represented by a lawyer, appealed for a light sentence. He earns RM1,600 to RM1,700 and has to support his wife and two children, aged six and three respectively, apart from his new father who died.
According to the facts of the case, on the day of the incident, during a convoy escorted by policemen through the Sultan Iskandar Highway to the Jalan Tunku Abdul Halim exit, a Honda Civic from the rear was driven recklessly in the left lane of the road causing a shift with another vehicle.
Based on 0.53-minute dashboard camera footage, the Honda Civic was moving fast and overtook the convoy through the emergency lane on the left side of the road and ignored the signal by the escort to exit the convoy route.