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Manchester man charged after hitting policeman on Highway 2000

Published:Sunday | July 5, 2015 | 7:52 AM

The police have filed criminal charges against the driver of the motor vehicle involved in yesterday’s crash along Highway 2000, which left a policeman hospitalised in serious condition.

He is 56-year-old farmer Cecil Albert, of Epping District, in Manchester.

Head of the Police Traffic Division, Senior Superintendent Calvin Allen, says Albert was arrested and charged with dangerous driving and that the police are looking at other charges.

Albert has been granted bail in the sum of J$70,000 and is scheduled to appear before the Spanish Town Court on July 20.

The injured police constable, who is attached to the Highway Patrol Unit of the Traffic Division, was reportedly standing behind his police service vehicle while conducting vehicular checkpoint duties along Highway 2000, near the Mandela exit in St Catherine when the collision occurred.

The police report that he was hit after the driver of a Toyota Corolla lost control and crashed into the police service vehicle.

Eyewitnesses say the policeman was thrown into the air and landed in bushes nearby.