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 a Police officer hanging on his car bonnet in an attempt to escape arrest.
The driver was convicted to two years imprisonment and banned for five years from driving.
Video of the incident went viral on social media.
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 offence.
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 by a Community Protection Assistant 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, rather tried to knock down the police officers and run over them.
Sergeant Asante Peprah 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 crossed him before he stopped.
He was arrested and charged with dangerous driving and resisting arrest but was later granted bail after he pleaded not guilty.
Prosecution adduced various evidence throughout the trial which the court found him guilty.
He was sentenced to 6 months and 24 months on each count to be run concurrently. In addition, his driver’s license was also withdrawn for five years.