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MENAFN - Khaleej Times - 03/11/2012

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(MENAFN - Khaleej Times) A driver who fled the scene after he killed one person and injured two others, including one in a wheelchair, before ditching the car which contained banned drugs, has been arrested.

The police have also slammed the inaction of witnesses to the incident who allowed the driver to escape.

The Dubai Police arrested the 30-year-old Asian driver on the morning of the first day of Eid Al Adha, on Saturday, several days after the Satwa incident.

The General Department of Criminal Investigation director, Brigadier Khalil Ibrahim Al Mansouri, said the suspect had a criminal record of drug possession and use. The police also arrested a friend of the driver, who owned the offending car, as the man knew about the accident but had not informed the police.

Al Mansouri said the accident occurred as the driver drove the Ford car at high speed to evade a police trap he believed he had fallen into, after he saw a number of civilian cars.

The suspect hit three cars, then a wall and drove off again at high speed and eventually hit and killed the first victim, who was found underneath the car.

Al Mansouri said the 35-year-old victim died on the spot, while two others, including a wheelchair-bound man, suffered minor injuries. When the police searched the car, they discovered Tramadol pills and another illegal drug.

The police raided the house of the car-owner two days later, who admitted knowing of the fatal accident before leading the police to the residence of the driver, who was discovered to be under the influence of drugs when he was arrested.

The man subsequently confessed to his crimes.

The criminal investigation department director Ahmed Al Merri said both suspects were charged with drug use, while the driver has been charged with manslaughter and escaping from police and the second suspect has been charged with failure to inform police of his friend's crimes.

Meanwhile, Al Mansouri criticised the indifferent behaviour of witnesses to the incident who did not stop the driver from fleeing the scene, though he was running through narrow roads that would have made it easy to catch the man until police arrived.


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