Man charged in mini-mart crash case

white bus crashed into the wall of the A-Z Minimart on Godfrey Nixon Way following a police chase on Monday afternoon
This white van crashed into the wall of the A-Z Minimart on Godfrey Nixon Way following a police chase on Monday afternoon, 13 April. A man charged in the incident appeared in court on Thursday. - Photo: Taneos Ramsay

A 43-year-old man from Bodden Town. who was arrested on 13 April in relation to an incident in which a driver allegedly deliberately struck a police car, has been charged with DUI, committing a reckless and negligent act, dangerous driving, driving without insurance, and breach of curfew.

He appeared in court on Thursday, 16 April, and was bailed with restrictions, pending a further court appearance, police said in a statement on Monday.

Addressing the case during a COVID-19 press briefing last week, Commissioner of Police Derek Byrne said a special constable had stopped at the scene of a collision on Godfrey Nixon Way on the afternoon of 13 April. Byrne said a van with two occupants had crashed into two parked vehicles.

While the special constable was dealing with the incident, the driver of the van drove deliberately at the officer, “narrowly missing him and causing extensive damage to the police vehicle, which is now a write-off,” the commissioner said.

The van then crashed into a nearby mini-mart.

Both occupants of the vehicle were arrested at the scene, Byrne said.

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