Man who dashed through Woodlands Checkpoint barrier arrested

SINGAPORE – Just seven weeks after a Malaysian teacher drove through the Woodlands Checkpoint and managed to stay undetected for three days, another vehicle crashed through the security barrier today (March 8).

At 4.05pm, the driver of the Singapore-registered vehicle deliberately drove off while undergoing customs checks, injuring an officer who tried to stop him from leaving, according to a police update. Although a security barrier was subsequently activated, the 65-year-old managed to crash his vehicle through the barrier and entered Singapore.

The alarm was raised immediately, and an alert message was sent out to all taxi drivers to help the police look out for the vehicle. All police resources on the ground were alerted.

After a five hour islandwide search, a gold-coloured Mercedes Benz motorcar was found at 8.30pm and the police arrested the driver at 9.15pm to assist in investigations.

“Police are investigating the man for various offences, including Evasion of Customs Checks and Vandalism,” said the Police, declining to give further details of the driver at press time.

Today’s breach comes less than two months after a Malaysian woman tailgated a car and slipped past immigration officers at the same checkpoint. She was arrested only three days later when she entered the Ministry of Foreign Affairs compound.

Speaking in Parliament last month, Deputy Prime Minister and Home Affairs Minister Teo Chee Hean had called the security breach “unacceptable” and a “serious error of judgement” on the part of the ground officers.

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