Detective refuses to take breathalyzer test after accident that killed pedestrian

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Thirty-six-year old Ashook Lachmipersaud – a detective police constable stationed at the Fort Wellington Police Station in Region Five (Mahaica-Berbice) is under close arrest following a fatal accident on the Number 28 Public Road, West Coast Berbice (WCB) on Sunday afternoon.

Police Headquarters revealed that the detective was driving motorcar PNN 551 when he struck down a 36-year-old pedestrian identified as Quacy David of No.30 Village, WCB.

According to the police report, the accident occurred at around 15:45hrs and that the detective refused to do a Breathalyzer test when he was taken to the Fort Wellington police station.

The detective alleged that he was proceeding east along the northern drive lane at a speed of about 70 to 75 kmph when the pedestrian suddenly walked out from an access road straight across the road into the path of the car.

The detective claimed that he applied brakes to avoid a collision but despite his efforts, the car collided with the pedestrian.

The man was picked up in an unconscious condition by police and escorted to Fort Wellington Public Hospital where he was seen and examined by a doctor; he was later transferred to New Amsterdam Public Hospital where he died.

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