Pirate Taxi Driver Takes Cops On A 31 Km Speed Chase

Pirate Taxi Driver Takes Cops On A 31 Km Speed Chase
Published: 2016 May 27 04:21:24 (1863 Views)
A pirate taxi driver who dodged a road block in an attempt to evade arrest after hitting a traffic cop was nabbed following a 31km high speed chase and jailed for 10 years.

Elisha Chidhimiri, 26, of Mucheke Suburb in Masvingo, was asked to produce his driver’s licence at the 222 km peg along the Harare-Masvingo highway, but sped-off, hitting a cop in the process.

The cop somehow managed to jump onto the vehicle’s bonnet where he clung for five metres, before falling off and suffering some injuries.

Police gave chase, only to apprehend Chidhimiri in Mvuma some 31 km away.

Chidhimiri was yesterday jailed 10 years by Gweru Regional Magistrate Morgan Nemadire for attempted murder.

He had pleaded guilty.

Chidhimiri will, however, serve an effective eight years in jail after two years were suspended for five years on condition of good behaviour.

Prosecuting, Andrew Marimo said on March 25 this year at around 4PM, four traffic police traffic officers were deployed at the 222 km peg along the Harare to Masvingo road for road block duties.

“Chidhimiri arrived driving a Toyota Granvia registration number ADP9512 at the check point fully loaded with passengers,” said Marimo.

He said Chidhimiri was stopped by one of the police officers who then asked him to produce his driver’s licence.

The court heard that Chidhimiri only flashed the licence and refused to hand it over to the cop.

Marimo said another officer was standing in front of the commuter omnibus.

“Chidhimiri drove his vehicle towards the police officer who was standing in front of the vehicle, hit him and dragged him for about five metres while he was hanging on the bonnet of the vehicle.

“The police officer landed on the tarmac and was injured in the process,” said Marimo. He said Chidhimiri did not stop and sped away before he was caught in Mvuma, some 31 km away from the scene.



- Chronicle
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