By: Abigail Larbi
An Accra Circuit Court has deferred the sentence of 27 year old, Ibrahim Alhari, a Driver to March 9, after he pleaded guilty to various charges on driving offences.
He was charged for careless and inconsiderate driving, dangerous driving, driving motor vehicle with a forged driving license, driving under the influence of alcohol, driving with alcohol concentration in above prescribed limit, misuse of trade plate and failure to display or fix license plate number on vehicle.
Ibrahim pleaded guilty to the charges careless and inconsiderate driving, dangerous driving, driving under the influence of alcohol, driving with alcohol concentration in above prescribed limit, misuse of trade plate and failure to display or fix license plate number on vehicle, and would be convicted on his own plea.
He however pleaded not guilty to the charge driving motor vehicle with a forged driving license.
Prosecuting Police Chief Inspector Oppong told the court that on January 13, at about 1930 hours the accused person was in charge a Toyota Camry Car with trade plate number DV 1789 A, driving from Community 17 towards community 18 direction.
He said the accused person dangerously without due care and attention to other users of the road lost control of his car, skidded, veered and rammed into a Toyota Land cruiser Station Wagon car being driven by Mr Joseph Nii Laryea Afotey Agbo
, Greater Accra Regional Minister who was driving in the opposite direction at a spot near community 17.
He said the accused person’s car finally landed into a ditch at the offside of the road, while the Regional Ministers car was badly damaged.
The accused person got injured, while the Regional Minister escape hurt.
The prosecution said the accused person who looked drunk was rescued from his car and with the assistant of the police he was sent to the Kpeshie Divisional MTTU, where he was tested with an alcoholmeter and he recorded 0.113 per cent instead of the prescribed alcohol limit 0.08 per cent.
He told the court that the accused also was sent to the Lekma hospital for treatment and an endorsed medical form was produced and filed in the police docket.
A DVLA Technical engineer also examined the two accident vehicles and found that both vehicles were of no defect prior to the accident and his report was received and filed as well.
He told the court that during police investigation, it was also revealed by the DVLA that the driver’s license the accused person was using was a forged one.
The accused person also failed to display his CV plate on his car prior to the accident.
The prosecution said meanwhile the damage caused to the complainant’s vehicle is valued at GHc 39,145.38. The property of the Ghana government.