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Motorist shot after attempting to run over police

Sunday, January 29, 2017 | 11:38 AM    

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ST JAMES, Jamaica — A motorist has been hospitalised under police guard following what the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) has described as his attempt to escape the lawmen by attempting to run them over on the Bogue main road in St James yesterday.

The Corporate Communication Unit (CCU) this morning reported that a police constable assigned to the St James Police Division was injured in the incident when the driver disobeyed the stop signal and hit him.

The motorist, who is from Green Island, Hanover, was shot and injured after he attempted to run over a second police officer with his motorcar.

According to the police, the driver was being pursued from Hopewell district, Hanover after he disobeyed a previous stop signal by two police constables in that area. 

It is said that the police officers, who were on duty about 5:45 pm, attempted to stop the driver after observing the green Toyota Corolla motorcar he was driving, operating in what they described as a careless and dangerous manner. The man however disobeyed their signal and proceeded in the direction of St James.

The team pursued the vehicle and also sent out an emergency alert to have the vehicle intercepted, CCU said, resulting in unit from the St James Police Division responding and setting up a vehicular checkpoint along the Bogue main road. 

This was when the driver disobeyed the second signal to stop, hit a police officer with his vehicle and proceeded to run over another who discharged his firearm.

Both injured men were taken to hospital where the constable was treated and the man admitted in stable condition.

The motor vehicle was not insured and its fitness was expired.

The police say the driver will be questioned in the presence of his attorney after which he will be charged.

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