‘Drunk’ driving cop who struck down female motorcyclist charged

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Nigel Griffith, the Police Constable who, while being heavily under the influence of alcohol, struck and severely injured a female motorcyclist, was on Tuesday arraigned before Georgetown Magistrate Marissa Mittelholzer.

Charged: Nigel Griffith

The 20-year-old, of Lot 58 Sarah Johanna, East Bank Demerara (EBD), denied the four charges read to him. The first charge alleged that on September 1, 2017 at the Ruimveldt Public Road, Georgetown, he drove motor vehicle PSS 4403 while his breath alcohol level was at .107, which is over the legal limit of alcohol consumption.

The three other charges allege that he drove a motor vehicle that was uninsured, unlicensed, and uncertified.

His attorney successfully petitioned for bail being granted, noting that the accused was cooperating fully with the investigation. The Prosecution had no objection to bail, but requested that the accused report to the Ruimveldt Police Station weekly.

As such, bail was granted in the sum of G$80,000, and he is scheduled to return to Court on October 10, 2017.

On the day of the accident, Griffith slammed into the motorcycle of 44-year-old Gem Simone of Castello Housing Scheme, Georgetown.

INews understands that Griffith was proceeding north along the Ruimveldt Public Road, Georgetown while Simone was proceeding out of Alexander Village.

However, the Policeman had reportedly failed to stop when he needed to, and collided with the motorcyclist a short distance from the Ruimveldt Police Station.

The injured woman was rushed to the Georgetown Public Hospital. She is said to have received serious head injuries from the impact which caused her to fall from her motorcycle. (Kizzy Coleman)

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