Taxi driver found with firearm after chase with cops charged, remanded

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A 38-year-old taxi driver who was arrested with an illegal firearm following a high-speed chase with the Police through Charlestown, Georgetown was on Friday remanded to prison on two firearm related charges.

Devon Porter of West Ruimveldt, Georgetown appeared before City Magistrate Judy Latchman and denied the two charges.

The first charge alleged that on August 9 at Howes Street, Charlestown Porter had in his possession a .38 revolver when he was not a licensed firearm holder.    It is further alleged that Porter had one live round in his possession.

Police Prosecutor, Quinn Harris was opposed to Porter being released on bail after noting that the accused has an ongoing criminal matter before the court.

As the patrol approached the vehicle, the ranks reportedly signaled the driver to stop but instead, the man accelerated and crashed into a post on Link Street, Charlestown. [Guyana Police Force photo]
According to a release, Police on mobile patrol in the Charlestown community on the day in question observed the “suspicious movement” of motorcar PWW 149.

As the patrol approached the vehicle, the ranks reportedly signalled the driver to stop but he instead accelerated and crashed into a post on Howes Street, Charlestown.

Later Porter was seen throwing the firearm from the window into a nearby trench.

The Magistrate remanded Porter to prison until September 7.

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