Motorcyclist injured in collision with drunken policeman

Last Updated on Monday, 2 October 2017, 3:59 by Denis Chabrol

A motorcyclist Sunday afternoon sustained serious head injuries after she was struck down by a car driven by a uniformed policeman who was driving under the influence of alcohol.

The injured woman has been identified as 44-year old Gem Simone Hall of Castello Housing Scheme, Georgetown.

A Guyana Police Force officer told Demerara Waves Online News that Constable, Nigel Griffith, of Brickdam Impact Base was driving under the influence of alcohol. “He was way above the prescribed limit,” the officer said.

Police said Griffith was proceeding north on the Ruimveldt Public Road when the rider of the motorcycle rode out of Alexander Village into his path.

“Investigation revealed that the car was proceeding north on the western side of the western carriageway on the Ruimveldt Public Road allegedly at a fast rate when it collided with the motorcyclist, who was proceeding west on the southern side of First Street Alexander Village, thence onto the eastern carriageway and turned north onto the western carriageway of the said Public Road and ended up in the path of the motorcar,” the Guyana Police Force subsequently said in a statement.

Constable Nigel Griffith (second policeman from left) walking towards the car door.

First responders attached to the Guyana Fire Service rushed the woman to the Georgetown Public Hospital in an ambulance for emergency treatment.

The incident, which occurred near the Ruimveldt Police Station, involved a  heavily tinted black car bearing license number PSS 4303 and a scooter. Police said the car is privately-owned and all its documents “are expired”.

Police said the constable is in “custody assisting with the investigation.”