Suicidal CEO avoids jail over N. Lantau police chase

A suicidal businessman who ran two roadblocks on a wild chase across North Lantau has been given a suspended 20-month jail sentence.

Mo Lai-man, 46, caused HK$300,000 in damage as he led a police pursuit from Disneyland to Ma Wan on December 5 last year, Ming Pao reports today.

Sentencing Mo in the District Court yesterday, the judge described the 22-km chase as “something from a Hollywood movie.”

The judge said Mo had been affected by alcohol but, apart from minor injuries to two police officers, had not harmed anyone.

Ma, the chief executive of China Dragon Membership Services, had pleaded guilty. He had told the court he was distressed over business debts and had intended to commit suicide.

Ma led police on a 22-km chase from Sunny Bay, near Disneyland. He had driven on the wrong side of the road and ignored instructions to stop, later forcing his way through two roadblocks, damaging two police cars, trucks and other vehicles.

When brought to a halt in Ma Wan, he tried to jump from the freeway bridge.

He was later found to have contained 75 milligrams of alcohol per 100 millilitres of blood, well above the 50 mg limit.

Mo’s sentence was suspended for three years.

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