Movie star Simon Yam Tat-wah’s chauffeur chased a hit-and-run motorist over nine kilometers in Kowloon on Wednesday evening.
The 48-year-old chauffeur, surnamed Chan, was driving a SsangYong Motor sport utility vehicle in Kowloon Bay when he was hit by a Mercedes-Benz van, Apple Daily reported Friday.
Chan said the van suddenly reversed and hit the front of his SUV at the intersection of Wang Chiu Road and Sheung Yee Road.
The van’s 31-year-old driver, surnamed Kwok, accelerated and fled the scene.
Chan decided to keep up with the vehicle and called police in the meantime.
The two vehicles traveled for 9km along Wai Yip Street, Kwun Tong Road and Lung Cheung Road until they reached a dead end in Grandeur Road in Kowloon Tong, where Chan managed to place his SUV in the van’s way.
Kwok bumped the Mercedes into Chan’s SUV more than 10 times before begging Chan to let him go.
Police arrived at the scene and administered breath tests to both drivers.
Chan tested negative for alcohol, while Kwok was found to have 79 micrograms of alcohol per 100ml of breath, which is 3.6 times the allowed limit (22mcg per 100ml).
Kwok was arrested for drink-driving and dangerous driving.
Yam’s wife, the model Qi Qi, praised Chan’s bravery.
She told Apple Daily she understood that Chan simply wanted to stop the drunk driver from driving farther, so that other people would not be hurt.
The SUV was purchased a month or two ago for Chan to use in going to and from work, she said.
Yam said he needed more time to understand the incident but said he was very glad no one got hurt.
Barrister Albert Luk Wai-hung said motorists should record the license plate number of a car driven inappropriately and call police immediately instead of chasing after the car, as that could involve dangerous driving.
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