Drunk driver runs police patrol off road, refuses to sign breathalyzer test slips

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A man, who was allegedly highly intoxicated and behind the wheel of a dark blue motor pickup (#GZZ 200) is said to have been driving dangerously, which led to a police patrol vehicle driving off the road, before he continued his journey across the Demerara Harbour Bridge and was arrested by another party of policemen on the Western side of the said bridge.

According to a police statement, the incident occurred around 23:10h in the vicinity of McDoom, East Bank Demerara (EBD) to the Demerara Harbour Bridge.

“Ranks performing duties at the McDoom area alerted their colleagues on the Western side of the Demerara Harbour Bridge of a speeding vehicle that was headed there way after running a police patrol off the road.A short while after the said pickup was stopped  at the Western exit of the bridge it was identified to be a dark blue pickup bearing registration #GZZ 200. The driver and passenger were two identifiable men.”

The driver was then  told of the allegation made against him to which he denied.

“Further, while the driver was being spoken to, it was observed that he  appeared to be under the influence of alcohol. He provided his name and address and stated that he was a businessman. When asked to subject himself to a breathalyzer test he refused and started behaving disorderly.”

The cops noted that it was at this stage, they observed a firearm at the driver’s waist, and when questioned about it he produced a license in relation to the weapon.

“The Police took possession of his firearm out of caution for public safety due to his behaviour and after a lengthy delay, he was escorted to the LaGrange Police Station along with his vehicle.

While at the station the driver continued to behave disorderly in the presence of other ranks. He was warned several times of his behaviour which he continued to demonstrate and subsequently placed into custody.”

The driver later subjected himself to a breathalyzer test with the first reading recorded at 125mg and the second at 147mg, but he refused to sign the slips.

Investigations continue.

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