A taxi driver who drove off with a police officer hanging on his bonnet has been jailed by the Koforidua Circuit Court B in Ghana.
37-year-old Daniel Ofori was handed over the jail sentence after a video of a policeman lying on the bonnet of his taxi and being driven away trended on social media in 2020.
Inspector Geshon Dafeamekpor told the court that the taxi driver who was being monitored by the police MTTD for other road traffic infractions, was spotted at the Galloway traffic and ordered to park.
It was learnt that he refused and drove away with Sergeant Asante Peprah who jumped on the bonnet in an attempt to avoid being run over by the taxi driver.
Ofori is to serve six months on count 1 for dangerous driving contrary to Section 1 of Road Traffic Act, 683, and is also to serve 24 months on count 2 for resisting arrest contrary to Section 226 (1A) of the Criminal Offences Act 1960, (Act 29). Both sentences will run concurrently.
The court which was presided over by Her Ladyship Mercy Addei Kotei also withdrew his driver’s license for 5 years.
Commenting on the court ruling, DSP Ebenezer Tetteh, the Eastern Regional Police Public Relations officer said it sends a good signal to other drivers and road users.
“This is a warning to other drivers, especially the recalcitrant ones whose attitude and demeanour on the road is repugnant not only to road traffic users and law enforcement officers but even to pedestrians.”