Intoxicated Cop who allegedly killed motorcyclist released on $25K bail

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A Police Constable, who was involved in the recent accident that claimed the life of a young man at Nelson Mandela Public Road, appeared at the Georgetown Magistrate’s Court Thursday morning, charged with driving under the influence of alcohol.

Ryan Persaud, 23, who is attached to the Police Impact Base at the Brickdam Police Station, appeared before Magistrate Marissa Mittelholzer and pleaded not guilty to the charge.

It is alleged that on September 1, 2018, at Nelson Mandela Public Road, he was driving the Guyana Police Force minibus PVV 4652 while his breath alcohol level was 91 micrograms. The legal limit is 35 micrograms.

As is the case with most fatal accidents, the Cop was not charged with causing death by dangerous driving.

The Gordon Street, Kitty resident was represented by Attorney-at-law, Eusi Anderson who made an application for bail on the grounds that his client is the sole breadwinner for his family.

Dead: Akeem Anthony

Police Prosecutor, Cheryl Layne made no objection to bail but noted that the accused is currently being investigated in another matter which stemmed from the same incident.

Persaud was released on $25,000 bail and the matter is adjourned until October 11. He was also ordered to lodge his passport at the court.

Akeem Anthony, 23, was killed when the Cop struck him off his motorcycle at around 23:40hrs in the vicinity of Back Circle, East Ruimveldt, Georgetown.

According to the Police release, the Policeman was proceeding east along the northern carriageway of Mandela Avenue while Anthony was riding in the opposite direction on motorcycle CJ 511.

The Police vehicle which crashed into the young man

Police Headquarters revealed that Anthony turned north into the path of the minibus in an attempt to cross into Back Circle Street but because of the short distance, the bus collided with the motorcycle.

As a result of the impact, Anthony fell onto the roadway and sustained injuries about his body; he was rushed to the Georgetown Public Hospital in an unconscious state where he succumbed to his injuries while receiving medical attention.

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