Rui En allegedly knocks over motorbike in drink-driving accident and asks bike owner, 'do you know who I am?'

13 April 2016 / 6 months 1 week ago

The Straits Times
April 13, 2016

Television star Rui En is assisting in the investigation of an accident when she was allegedy drink-driving a car that hit a parked motorcycle, said Lianhe Wanbao on Wednesday (April 13).

A police spokesman who spoke to the newspaper did not name Rui En, but confirmed that a 35-year-old female driver is helping in the investigation of the accident on Tuesday afternoon.

Wanbao, quoting a reader, said the accident took place at about 4.10pm, in the car park in front of Block 332 in Clementi Avenue 2, when a black BMW hit a yellow motorcycle.

Mr Bahrom Sarmiten, the 52-year-old owner of the motorcycle, told Wanbao that he was walking to the car park when he heard a loud noise and found that his bike had been hit by a BMW, which seemed to be out of control and was driven onto a kerb.

He said he was petrified and thought the car would stop. When it did not, "I didn't want the driver to run away, so I quickly rushed to stop the car. I also knocked on the window and told her not to move," he said.

He said he had to knock a few times, before the driver stopped. She tried to shield her face, before she found a pair of sunglasses and emerged from the car.

According to him, she smelled of alcohol and the first thing she said was: "Do you know who I am?"

He said: "I really didn't know who she was. But I thought, even if she's a minister's daughter, I don't care."

Later, an ethnic Chinese passer-by told him that the driver was a famous local actress.

Mr Bahrom said Rui En hoped to settle things privately and offered him $2,000 in cash. But he refused because he did not think it would cover the extensive damage to his bike.

He said he would have said yes to more than $6,000 - enough for a down payment on a new motorcycle - and if she had sounded humble and apologetic. But he said she emphasised: "I'm giving you $2,000 and it's not enough? It's cash, you know?"

The police arrived at the scene and gave Rui En a breath test, before she was taken away in a police car, said Wanbao.

This article was first published on April 13, 2016. 
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