Taxi driver who sped off with police officer on bonnet jailed


A 37-year-old taxi driver, Daniel Ofori, has been sentenced by the Koforidua Circuit Court to a prison term of two and half years.

His driving licence has also been withdrawn for five years.

He was charged with dangerous driving and resisting arrest, contrary to the Road Traffic Regulations Act and the Criminal Offence Act.

 The case and trial lasted a year and ten months and he was found guilty on both counts.

He was first sentenced to six months on count one and twenty-four months with hard labour on count two totalling thirty months to be served concurrently.

Last year, the taxi driver was driving from the Koforidua Central Business District heading towards Adweso, on reaching the Gallaway Traffic Light, he was identified by a community assistant police for flouting road rules the previous week.

Police personnel who were in the company of the community assistant police approached the taxi driver to make an arrest, but he furiously resisted and tried to run over the police officer who stood in front of his vehicle.

The police officer jumped and lay on the bonnet of the vehicle for safety.

The taxi driver drove the vehicle to a distance of over 350metres before he was forced by a different driver to stop. His act was caught on video which went viral.

The driver was subsequently arrested and charged with dangerous driving contrary to section one of the Road Traffic Act. 2004 (Act 383) and another count of resisting arrest contrary to section 226(1)(a) of the Criminal and other Offences Act, 1960 (Act 29).

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The Eastern Regional Public Relations Officer (PRO) DSP Ebenezer Tetteh, says the outcome of the trial is a warning to recalcitrant drivers whose attitudes and demeanour on the road is repugnant to road traffic and law enforcement officers and pedestrians.

He added the police in the Eastern Region would enforce the law to the latter to ensure drivers don’t engage in acts that would result in road fatalities.

By Yvonne Neequaye||Ghana