Remember the East Coast Road Altercation? Cyclist Now Faces Harassment Charges


Nicolette Tan Shi-en, the cyclist at the center of a viral video depicting an altercation with a motorist and later clinging to the bonnet of a car along East Coast Road in June this year, has been charged with harassment.

The 32-year-old Singaporean is accused of using threatening behavior towards Elaine Michele Ow during the incident on June 2, CNA reported.

According to the charges, Tan allegedly stopped her bicycle in front of Ow’s car and aggressively confronted her, even opening the car door between 3 pm and 3:30 pm on that day.

Previously, Tan had been charged with committing a rash act by endangering the personal safety of others when she lay on the bonnet of a moving vehicle. However, she was acquitted of this charge.

In addition to the harassment charge, Tan also faces a charge of obstructing a car with her body during the same incident, thereby obstructing the car and other vehicles behind it.

Video footage captured by a car’s dashcam, presumably belonging to Ow, showed Tan, dressed in a yellow top, blue helmet, and shades, standing in front of the car.

The video, which circulated widely on social media in June, showed Tan jumping onto the car’s bonnet as it drove along East Coast Road and subsequently making a left turn into the i12 Katong drop-off point.

In the footage, Tan can be seen banging on the car’s windscreen with her fist while holding her mobile phone. Other videos from different angles, showing Tan leaping onto the bonnet of a grey car as it took off, also circulated online.

Tan’s case is scheduled for a pre-trial conference on October 6.

Meanwhile, Ow, 49, whose case also returned to court for a further mention on Thursday, faces one charge of endangering Tan’s personal safety by driving her car forward while Tan was lying on the bonnet. Her case has also been set for a pre-trial conference on October 6.

If convicted of recklessly endangering the personal safety of others, Ow could face a maximum jail term of up to six months and/or a fine of up to S$2,500.

On the other hand, if convicted of using threatening behavior, Tan may be sentenced to a maximum of six months in jail and/or fined up to S$5,000. For obstructing the car with her body, Tan could face a fine of up to S$1,000 if convicted.

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