The Koforidua Circuit court “B” Presided by Her Honour Mercy Addei Kotei has jailed a 37-year-old taxi driver, Daniel Ofori, who drove off with speed with an Officer of the Motor Transport and Traffic Department (MTTD) hanging on his car bonnet.
The driver was convicted to two years imprisonment and banned for five years from driving.
The facts presented to the court by Prosecutor Inspector Gershon Defiamakpor are that the driver was wanted by the MTTD for running away after committing a road traffic offense.
On February 28, 2020, the now-convicted driver who was driving a Toyota Corolla Taxi cab with registration number GW 7484-14 from Koforidua township towards Adweso was spotted out by a Community Protection Assistance on duty at the Gallaway traffic light and was ordered by two MTTD officers Sergeant Asante Peperah and Corporal Ofei Konadu to stop and park, however, the driver refused and rather tried to knock down the police officers and run over them.
Sergeant Asante Peperah jumped onto the bonnet of the taxi for safety however the driver drove him off with speed to about 300 meters away until another car ahead of him crossed his vehicle.
He was arrested and charged with dangerous driving and resisting arrest but was later granted bail after he pleaded not guilty.
The prosecution adduced various evidence throughout the trial to support its case. The court found him guilty.
He was sentenced to six months and 24 months on each count to be run concurrently In addition, his driver’s license was also withdrawn for five years.