Wanted man beat sergeant, damages police car

Suspect tried to run away after his identity became known in police scrutiny by patrol officers

Dubai: A jobless man has been accused of damaging a police car and beating a police sergeant who tried to arrest him, heard a court on Sunday.

In May, the sergeant was on a routine patrol and asked the suspect driving an old car in Karama area to pull over.

When the sergeant looked through the papers of the 53-year-old Indian man, he discovered that the man was a wanted suspect, according to records.

The Indian suspect then told the sergeant that he would pay for his parking ticket at the meter and return to him but instead he started running.

When the sergeant chased the Indian and stopped him, the suspect beat and pushed him down to the ground, said the records. The sergeant injured his hand in the fall before he stood up again and apprehended the suspect. As the sergeant escorted the handcuffed Indian to the police car, the latter dented the police car’s door when he resisted and tried to run away again.

Prosecutors accused the Indian suspect of beating a policeman and causing Dh1,316 worth of damages to the car door.

The suspect pleaded not guilty and denied the charges when he defended himself before the Dubai Court of First Instance on Sunday.

“I did not beat him, he is the one who fell down on the ground and injured himself when he chased me. Then he pushed me towards the car door and caused the dent. I did not wreck it,” the suspect contended before presiding judge Shaikha Hamad.

The sergeant told the prosecutors that the incident happened at 8.30am.

“We asked the suspect to pull over as we suspected his old car. When we checked his name on the police system, it was discovered that he was wanted by several authorities. He pretended to pay for the parking and ran away … when I chased him, he beat and pushed me. I fell down and injured myself. Then when we tried to put him in the police car, he resisted and caused a dent when he kicked the car door,” he testified to prosecutors.

A ruling will be heard on July 24.


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