Zouk Founder Lincoln Cheng Gets a Week’s Jail for Drink Driving

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The founder of iconic nightspot Zouk, Lincoln Cheng, 70, who got behind the wheel after having drinks and ran two red lights before colliding with a taxi, was sentenced to a week’s jail on Nov 22.

  • Ran 2 red lights, collided with taxi
  • Banned from driving for 3 years
  • Released on $15k bail
  • Paid $21k for costs of repairing taxi
Wong Kwai Chow/ST

Cheng, whose statutory name is Ching Ling Ka, was also banned from driving for three years. He is appealing against the sentence, his lawyer, Kesavan Nair, told the district court.

Cheng was granted bail of $15,000 (RM45,710) pending appeal. He was also given permission to travel with his family to Germany, Italy, Brazil, Argentina, Antarctica and Britain between Nov 24 and Dec 27.

He had pleaded guilty to one count of drink driving last month. One count of dangerous driving was taken into consideration during sentencing.

He admitted he had two glasses of red wine with dinner at Ion Orchard on Feb 15 before getting behind the wheel to head home.

While driving along Eu Tong Sen Street at around midnight, he ran a red light at the T-junction by Pearl’s Hill Terrace.

At the T-junction by Kreta Ayer Road, he again ran a red light.

His car then collided into the left side of an SMRT taxi, which mounted a kerb before hitting a metal pole supporting a sheltered walkway.

Cabby Sydney Baylon John, 71, was making a right turn into Eu Tong Sen Street from Kreta Ayer Road with the lights in his favour.

Cheng was arrested at the scene after failing a breathalyser test.

He was taken to the Traffic Police Department for another test, which revealed he had 43 micrograms of alcohol in every 100ml of breath. The prescribed limit for driving is 35mcg. –┬áST