Court jails taxi driver for speeding off with police officer dangling on his bonnet

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A Ghanaian taxi driver, Daniel Ofori, has been sentenced by the Koforidua Circuit Court B to two years imprisonment for resisting arrest and moving a vehicle for a distance of 300 meters whiles a police officer was lying on his bonnet.

It can be recalled that in a video that went viral on the internet, the taxi driver sometime in 2020 was captured on top speed with a police officer clung on his bonnet.

But in a court judgment, the 37-year-old driver was convicted to serve six months on count 1 for dangerous driving contrary to Section 1 of Road Traffic Act, 683 and convicted to serve 24 months on count 2 for resisting arrest contrary to Section 226 (1A) of the Criminal Offences Act 1960, (Act 29).

Also his driver’s license has been withdrawn for a period of 5 years.

Briefing the media after the court proceedings, spokesperson for the Eastern regional police command, DSP Ebenezer Tetteh believes the sentencing will serve as a deterrent to other recalcitrant drivers.

“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.”

Taxi driver’s cause of arrest

Narrating the incident in court, the prosecutor, Inspector Geshon Dafeamekpor said the taxi driver was spotted at the Galloway traffic and ordered to park, but hesitated and drove away with Sergeant Asante Peprah who jumped on the bonnet in an attempt to avoid being driven over by the taxi driver.

Daniel Ofori was however forced to stop after another driver blocked his path, leading to his arrest.