An Accra District Court has granted bail in the sum of 30,000 Ghana Cedis with two sureties, to one Charles Appiah, a taxi driver who tried to resist arrest and in the process smashed the head of a Police officer, Sergeant Owusu Appiah, against a concrete culvert, leading to his death.
Charles whose plea was not taken is facing various charges of dangerous driving, careless and inconsiderate driving, negligently causing harm, failing to report accident and failing to attend to the injured in an accident scene.
The facts of the case are that, on 18th April, 2018, Charles Appiah was driving a Hyundai Taxi with registration number ER 871-18 from Accra towards Koforidua.
On reaching a section of the road at Ayikai Doboro, few meters to a Police barrier, Charles who was driving in the inner lane on the Accra-Kumasi Highway, run into a Toyota Corolla with registration number GW 5912-Z being driven by one Anita Nyarko Yirenkyi, a journalist causing damage to both vehicles.
The accused without caution overtook the Toyota corolla on the edge of the road and then attempted to abscond from the accident scene but Sergeant Owusu Appiah who was on duty at the Police barrier apprehended him.
Sergeant Owusu Appiah tried to pull out the ignition key of the Accused’s vehicle through one of the front doors but the Accused moved the vehicle trapping Sergeant Owusu Appiah in the process.
The Accused drove aggressively to a distance and in the process the Police officer’s head got smashed against a concrete culvert.
The Accused realising the harm caused to the Police officer escaped towards Koforidua.
Sergeant Owusu Appiah who got injured was rushed to the Amasaman Government hospital for treatment but was referred to the Police Hospital and later to Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital where he died shortly on arrival.
The case has been adjourned to 6th June, 2018.