Guyana: Cop charged for crashing Police vehicle

Guyana Times:-  The Police Constable who drove a Guyana Police Force vehicle while reportedly imbibing with other ranks, crashing it into a house, was slapped with a dangerous driving charge on Tuesday.

Wellon Carr, 26, of Bee Hive, East Coast Demerara (ECD), who is stationed at the Mahaica Police Station, appeared before Magistrate Wanda Fortune at the Mahaica Magistrate’s Court on Monday.

He denied that on May 22, 2018, at De Hoop Public Road, Mahaica, ECD, he drove vehicle PWW 5411 in a manner dangerous to the public.

He was placed on $40,000 bail and is expected to return to court on June 22.

According to reports, Carr was driving the vehicle with two other ranks seated in the back seat when he reportedly crashed into a house at De Hoop, Mahaica.

The ranks, who were all uniformed, were reportedly imbibing at the time of the accident since beer bottles were found lying on the floor of the vehicle after the accident.

However, it is alleged that a plain clothes rank arrived at the scene shortly after the accident and removed the beer bottles.

The ranks, who received minor injuries, were taken to the Mahaicony Cottage Hospital where they were treated and sent away.

Police Commissioner (ag) David Ramnarine had ordered a thorough investigation into the incident.

According to the Police, the vehicle was driven by Police Constable Carr under the command of a Police Corporal and was proceeding West along the southern side of the road when the driver reportedly swerved further South from a cow; in the process, he allegedly lost control and the vehicle, careened off the road and came to a halt after it crashed into a house and turned turtle.