NamPol arrest suspect of officer hit-and-run

08 Jun 2016 14:40pm
WINDHOEK, 08 JUN (NAMPA) - A Windhoek resident who on Tuesday allegedly hit and killed a member of the Namibian Police Force (NamPol) with a truck at the Windhoek/Okahandja police roadblock has been arrested.
The 29-year-old man was Wednesday morning arrested by members of NamPol' Serious Crime Investigations Unit while at his residence in Goreangab residential area.
NamPol spokesperson, Chief Inspector Kauna Shikwambi on Wednesday confirmed the arrest of the suspect, saying he voluntarily guided police officers to his house.
The suspect was driving a truck belonging to the Coca-Cola Company Namibia.
He is expected to make his first court appearance during the course of this week on charges of culpable homicide, reckless and negligent driving and a charge of having failed to stop and ascertain the extent of damages at an accident scene.
According to Shikwambi, the suspect allegedly ran over police officer Desmond Gaseb when he failed to stop at the Windhoek/Okahandja Police roadblock.
The 24-year-old Gaseb died on the spot.
It is reported that the suspect, shortly after he allegedly hit and ran over the police officer, stopped his truck a few metres from the police roadblock and allegedly fled the scene.
Gaseb's next of kin has been informed of his death.
Shikwambi took the opportunity and strongly expressed concern about the ever-increasing number of incidents of speeding and reckless or negligent driving observed on national roads during this year.
She urged motorists to be patient on the roads and to adhere to the speed limit, other traffic rules and regulations at all times when on national roads.
(NAMPA)
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