Civil servant claims trial to drink driving charge

IPOH: A 30-year-old civil servant has been charged in a Magistrate’s Court here for drink driving.

Jazvinjit Singh pleaded not guilty to a charge of driving under the influence, with an alleged level of 167mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood in his system.

The reading was over the permitted limit of 50mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood.

According to the charge sheet the accused, at about 12.10am on Friday (March 17), drove in front of the Police Air Wing Unit Training Base in Jalan Angsana here under the influence of alcohol.

He was charged under Section 45A (1) of the Road Transport Act 1987 which carries a jail term of not more than two years, and a fine of between RM10,000 and RM30,000, upon conviction.

The accused also stands to be disqualified from holding a driving licence for not less than two years from the date of conviction if found guilty.

Jazvinjit's lawyer Ranjit Singh Sandhu requested for bail to be set at RM5,000, stating that this was his client’s first offence.

DPP NM Moganaraj Mithra asked for bail to be set at RM8,000.

Magistrate Farah Nabihah Muhamad Dan set bail at RM7,000 with one surety, and fixed April 3 for mention.

She also ordered the accused to report to the nearest police station once a month.

It was reported on March 17 that police arrested a man, believed to be intoxicated, for hitting two junior police officers.

Ipoh OCPD Asst Comm Yahaya Hassan said the man had earlier crashed his car into a guardrail near the base at 12.05am on Friday.

He had said the two officers were inspecting the scene when the man hit them, and both the officers sustained light injuries and received treatment at Hospital Raja Permaisuri Bainun.

ACP Yahaya said the case was being investigated under Section 353 of the Penal Code for using criminal force to stop civil servants from performing their duties and Section 45A(1) of the Road Transport Act for driving above the permitted alcohol level.

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