Animal-loving actress spared from driving ban

MEDIAWORKS actress Irin Gan, who walked away with minor injuries from a car crash, yesterday walked away from court a relieved woman after a district judge fined her S$800 (RM1,760) but left her driving licence intact. 

She was charged with careless driving under a section of the Road Traffic Act, which does not carry a mandatory driving ban. It allows for a fine of up to S$1,000 (RM2,200) and six months' jail. 

BACK ON THE ROAD: File picture of Gan posing for photographers upon arrival at the MTV Asia Awards in Singapore last month. -- Reuterspic

Gan, 31, admitted she had been careless when she crashed her Rover 416 last October, but told the court she did it in trying to avoid hitting what she took for an animal on the road. 

When she swerved to avoid it, she hit a guardrail on the left side of the road and her car turned turtle. 

She was taken to hospital but was only slightly hurt. 

The accident happened just after 4am on Oct 11 on the slip road leading from Keppel Road to the Ayer Rajah Expressway. 

She was detained by the police under suspicion of drink-driving but was cleared after passing a blood test. 

Her lawyer, Lee Teck Leng, portrayed her as an animal lover who had been “traumatised” after running over a white cat near her workplace in Genting Lane just three weeks before the accident. 

He took pains to show how much she liked animals, citing how she had paid S$500 (RM1,100) to cremate this cat, and how she had volunteered at the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. 

District Judge Mark Tay told Gan he would not disqualify her from driving this time. But he added: “That would not be the case if it happens again.” – The Straits Times/Asia News Network  

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