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Man who drove vehicle into sea during police chase charged

Published:Tuesday | December 22, 2015 | 1:33 PM

The St Thomas man who drove his vehicle into the sea during a high speed chase last week has been charged.

Rameish Simpson is charged with illegal possession of firearm and ammunition.

Simpson is to appear in the Morant Bay Resident Magistrate’s Court on January 6, next year.

He remains in police custody.

Meanwhile, the male passenger who was also inside the vehicle is expected to be questioned later today by the police in the presence of his attorney.

The police had reported that they had recovered an Uzi submachine firearm and 16 rounds of ammunition.

According to the police, about 10:30 on the morning of December 17 a team was patrolling the Grants Pen main road in the parish when they signalled the driver of a Mitsubishi Pajero motor vehicle to stop.

The driver, Rameish Simpson, reportedly disobeyed and diverted on to Fish House Lane in the community.

The police pursued and Simpson drove the vehicle about 300 metres into the sea.

Simpson and the passenger were subsequently taken into custody by the Police.

The Marine Police and the Jamaica Defence Force Coast Guards helped to remove the vehicle from the sea.