Nineteen-year-old Fiyad Sattaur, who is the son of Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) Commissioner General, Khurshid Sattaur, appeared at the Georgetown Magistrate’s Court earlier today where he was slapped with the charge of ‘dangerous driving’ and fined $25,000.
The teen, who resides at Ogle, East Coast Demerara pleaded guilty when the charge was read to him before Magistrate Renita Singh.
He was charged with driving motorcar PRR 4423 dangerously in Georgetown on Saturday last around 09:00hrs.
Fiyad had claimed that at the time of the incident he was en route to classes at the Islamic School on East Street in Georgetown when noticed a heavily tinted, unmarked vehicle driving near him.
In a statement to the Police, the young man said he sensed ‘imminent danger’ when the driver of the tinted vehicle reportedly drove alongside him in a dangerous manner, from the intersection of Vlissengen Road and Sandy Babb Street to Thomas Lands, without making an effort to overtake him on the said road.
Feeling extremely fearful of being shot, robbed, kidnapped or run off the road and upon feeling threatened, the teen told Police he drove away from the heavily tinted vehicle which is said to have been “unmarked”, and which was later found out to have been driven by a Police officer, who later detained him at the Police station where he was told about the charge.
When INews first broke the story, the Guyana Police Force hurriedly responded by providing a different account from what was stated by Fiyad in his report to the police.
In its statement, the GPF said that last Saturday, a Police Sergeant who is attached to the Traffic Department and was dressed in uniform, was driving a private car along Sandy Babb Street, Kitty, when she observed motor vehicle PRR 4423 overtake a line of other motor vehicles waiting at the traffic lights.
“The police rank made a note of the vehicle’s registration number intent on following up with prosecution, however, she caught up with the vehicle at the intersection of Lamaha and Albert Streets, where she drove up alongside and told the driver of the offence committed. He however drove away.”
According to the statement, the Police Traffic Sergeant drove behind PRR 4423 and caught up again with the vehicle at Lamaha and East Streets, where she came out and approached the driver whom she learnt to be Fiyad Sattaur of Ogle, East Coast Demerara.
“She again, told him of the offence committed and requested for him to go to Traffic Headquarters and he complied.”