An accident on West Bank Demerara last evening took an unusual turn when ranks from La Grange Police Station refused to administer a breathalyzer test to a constable who was involved in the collision.
The incident which involved a motorbike and a motor car, occurred about 19:00 hours.
Reports are that the motor car driven by civilian, Seeram Singh, was proceeding west along the Demerara Harbour Bridge.
After exiting the bridge, Singh‘s car reportedly collided with the motor cycle ridden by constable 24761 Khalil proceeding south along the West Bank road.
Reports indicated that officer Khalil appeared to be under the influence of alcohol. However, investigating ranks who gathered at the scene of the accident did not administer a breathalyzer test on the policeman, who had sustained injuries.
He was instead taken to West Demerara Regional Hospital, where he was examined by a doctor. Kaieteur News understands that while at the hospital, the doctor recommended that the officer undergo a test for alcohol due to his disorderly conduct.
The officer was later taken to the La Grange Police Station where he was scheduled to undergo the breathalyzer test.
However that quickly changed after the injured policeman arrived at the La Grange Police Station.
Officer in Charge, Inspector Mathew Craig, instead, opted not to conduct the test on the junior rank.
He told Kaieteur News that he had a talk with the rank and felt that he had no reason to conduct the test on him since he did not smell alcohol “on his breath”.
Inspector Craig noted based on the standard operating procedure; there must be reasonable suspicion before he could subject the rank to the breathalyzer test.
The officer also told this newspaper that the driver of the motorcar was in the wrong and will face charges accordingly.
Up until 22:00 hours last evening the parties involved in the accident were still being processed by the police.
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