Cop charged with dangerous driving following pick-up crash

The vehicle after the accident

The police constable who was driving one of the force’s vehicles that overturned and subsequently collided with a house one week ago at De Hoop, Mahaica was yesterday charged with dangerous driving and released on $40,000 bail.

Twenty-six-year-old Constable 20992 Wellon Carr, a resident of Bee Hive, East Coast Demerara yesterday appeared before Magistrate Wanda Fortune at the Mahaica Magistrate’s Court.

He denied the charge which stemmed from the incident which occurred on May 22 and resulted in extensive damage to force vehicle, PWW 5411.

Bail was granted and Constable Carr was ordered to return to court on June 22 when the matter will be called again for trial.

Police Commissioner (ag) David Ramnarine had ordered a thorough investigation into the accident which had occurred around 8.15am last Tuesday along the De Hoop Public Road, Mahaica, ECD.

At the time of the accident, three ranks; Constable Carr, Corporal 20350 Fraser and Constable 24502 Leroy Stewart were on patrol duties. Corporal Fraser was in command. They were taken to the Mahaicony Cottage Hospital, where they were treated before being discharged.

The force vehicle, a Foton Tunland pick-up was among the vehicles recently donated by the Government of China.

Stabroek News was previously told that Constable Carr was proceeding west along the southern side of the public road when he observed a cow walking from south to north. Upon noticing the cow, Carr reportedly swerved to avoid a collision. As a result, he lost control of the vehicle, which skidded off the road and toppled before running into the front of a house located at Lot 7 De Hoop, Mahaica.

The current occupant of the property was not at home at the time.

A breathalyser test was conducted on Constable Carr which revealed that his alcohol level was zero.

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