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Driver in police hit-and-run crash in custody

Published:Saturday | August 20, 2016 | 8:13 PM

The man believed to be the driver of the motorcar that reportedly struck and killed a Police Inspector on traffic duties in Trelawny yesterday has surrendered to police investigators.

Head of the Trelawny Police Superintendent Calvin Blair says the man, accompanied by a Justice of the Peace, reported to the Falmouth Police Station this morning.

READ: Police Inspector killed in hit-and-run Trelawny crash

Blair says the vehicle involved in the incident is also in the custody of the police.

Speaking to The Gleaner/Power106 News Centre today, Blair said investigators are now collecting statements from several persons who were at the scene.

Inspector Mark Gibbs, who was the sub-officer in charge of the Clarke’s Town Police Station, was part of a team conducting traffic duties along the Clarke’s Town main road when he reportedly signaled the driver of a motorcar to stop.

The Police High Command says driver disobeyed and mowed down Gibbs on the side of the roadway before speeding away.

His death comes a week after Police Constable Mark Rose was reportedly killed by a hit-and-run driver as he attempted to cross a roadway in Spanish Town St Catherine last week.

IN PHOTO: Inspector Mark Gibbs

Last Friday Police Constable Mark Rose was hit by a motor vehicle as he attempted to cross a roadway in Spanish Town, St Catherine.

Meanwhile, reacting to Inspector Gibbs death, Prime Minister Andrew Holness called for the police to use all their investigative powers to bring the person responsible to justice.

Holness also encouraged the members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF), especially those assigned to the Traffic Division, to remain resolute in the pursuit of their duties.

He says the loss of any life particularly that of a police officer carrying out his duty is not only sad for the JCF, but also for the citizens who depend on them to serve and protect our nation.

Holness and National Security Minister Robert Montague have pledged the government’s support for the family of Inspector Gibbs.