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Stiff penalty urged for wanted motorist
BY HAMZA M. SENGENDO September 06, 2018
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DUBAI: A wanted man who slammed a vehicle door against a traffic police officer’s hand and ran over him must be handed the toughest punishment, prosecutors stressed on Wednesday.

The Arab man, 26, reportedly assaulted the Omani officer, 32, when he tried to apprehend him at around 8:40am June 12 over an earlier crime, according to records at Al Qusais Police Station.

He shut the vehicle’s door against the officer’s hand and ran over his leg causing him multiple injuries, prosecutors said. Jail wardens failed to bring him. The jury adjourned the hearing till Sept.19.

The officer complained, “I had been tasked to monitor traffic and arrest book violators. I was on duty in Nahdah area when I spotted the defendant driving his vehicle in the opposite side of the traffic flow.

“He was smoking cigarettes in Ramadan. The vehicle was registered in Ras Al Khaimah but its registration had expired around one year ago. It belonged to a rental office. I told him to pull over and he complied.

“He told me he lost his driving licence and had already filed a driving licence loss complaint at Al Muraqqabat Police Station. He presented me his Emirates ID. He smelled cigarettes and looked perplexed.

“There was a syringe on the front passenger seat. I told him to get out so I could examine his status. He was out of his senses and couldn’t walk properly. I suspected him and contacted the operations room.

“I was told he was a repeat offender wanted to serve a sentence. Officers told me to handle him with caution. I told him to follow me to the police station to process for him a document about his lost licence.

“He insisted his mother was waiting for him. I ordered him but he refused and returned inside. I stood beside him with my right hand at the door. He suddenly accelerated causing the door to slam against my hand.

“He drove dragging me for around 70 metres. I forcibly pulled out my hand and fell under the vehicle. He ran over my right leg. I hurried back inside patrol car and chased him until he stopped behind a bus. I blocked his way and contacted for support. “

The defendant tried to jump out and flee but a police team zeroed in on him. The officer sustained multiple injuries and bruises all over the right part of his body. He was rushed to Rashid Hospital for treatment.

The defendant confessed before prosecutors and said he entreated the officer not to arrest him so he could enjoy Eid with his family but the officer refused and insisted there was an arrest warrant against him. He decided to speed off.

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