Police grab driver who ran over cop

BY: Emelia Enin Abbey
Charles Appiah, the taxi driver
Charles Appiah, the taxi driver

The taxi driver who allegedly knocked down a policeman at the Doblo Barrier, near Amasaman, which led to the victim’s death has been arrested.

Charles Appiah, 22, was arrested from his hideout at Nsawam after some people, whose identities are being protected by the police, gave him out after hearing about the incident in the media.

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Tip-off

Confirming the arrest, the Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the Accra Regional Police Command, Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Mrs Effia Tenge, said the Nsawam Police arrested the fugitive taxi driver upon a tip-off from the concerned members of the community.

She revealed that Appiah was handed over to the Kotoku Police, which is handling the case.


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During interrogation, Appiah is said to have told the police that he initially escaped to Koforidua through Suhum because he was terrified after the incident.

He allegedly returned to Nsawam to solicit the intervention of some well-meaning persons to speak to the police on his behalf.

The late Sergeant Owusu Appiah

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Incident

A policeman, Sergeant Owusu Appiah of the Formed Police Unit (FPU) of the Accra Regional Police Command, was knocked down by the taxi driver at about 9 p.m. on April 18, 2018 while he was on duty at the Doblo Barrier, near Amasaman in the Greater Accra Region.

The taxi driver, who coincidentally had the same surname as the police officer, absconded after knocking down the policeman.

After knocking down the policeman and running into an open drain, the driver of the taxi with registration number ER 871-18, abandoned the vehicle and took to his heels, while the helpless policeman shouted for help.

The driver, who had been involved in a crash with another vehicle, was exchanging words with the driver of that vehicle when the policeman, who was a few meters away from the scene of the crash, drew closer to intervene.