Law enforcement officials have once again reportedly engaged in ‘dangerous driving’ tactics in the streets of Georgetown, this time aggressively pursuing the 19-year- old son of Commissioner General of the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA), Khurshid Sattaur.
INews was reliably informed that on Saturday last, around 09:00hrs, Sattaur’s son Fiyad was driving along Middleton Street in the city and was proceeding to turn into Sandy Babb Street when he became aware of a heavily tinted vehicle on the road, driving behind him.
The young man was en route to classes at the Islamic School on East Street in Georgetown.
According to a source close to the traumatised young man, Fiyad 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 reportedly drove away from the heavily tinted vehicle which is said to have been “unmarked”.
INews was told that Fiyad was alone in the vehicle at the time of the incident and, unable to telephone anyone for help, he panicked and believed the best option was to drive towards the Islamic school (Daraloom) where those in the compound would have assured his safety as well as notified his parents and the Police of the incident.
However, upon entering Lamaha Street, the heavily tinted vehicle continued to make attempts to drive alongside Sattaur’s and the young man is said to have thought that this maneuver was designed to run him off of the public road.
While trying to escape his alleged ‘pursuers’, Fiyad noticed that the tinted vehicle continued driving in a dangerous manner behind him and fearful that he would have been either run off of the road or hit pedestrians in his attempt to flee to safety, he decided to park in front of the Georgetown Public Hospital where it was heavily populated.
It was then that the tinted vehicle stopped as well and the female driver who exited the vehicle was garbed in a blue Police uniform.
According to the source, the female rank began shouting to Fiyad who subsequently followed the instructions of the officer to drive to the Eve Leary Police Station.
Unconfirmed reports indicate that the officer, at the time, was not wearing a police name tag and she did not identify herself to the young man but deciding that the police station would have been the safest place to go at that point in time Fiyad complied with the instructions.
The female officer also reportedly failed to request to see his documents for the vehicle and by extension did not examine them.
At the police station, the source said Fiyad was detained for over 30 minutes and then told that he had been charged for dangerous driving. He was also notified that he would have to answer to that charge next week at the Georgetown Magistrate’s Court.
INews was also told that had young Sattaur not slowed down on East Street (near GPHC) to seek assistance without knowing who the occupants in the heavily tinted and ‘unmarked’ vehicle were, he would have continued driving and it could have ended tragically for either or both parties.
According to the source, what is ironic is that the 19-year-old boy who thought he was fleeing for his life, from police ranks whom he could not recognise or identify in the chase, has now been charged by the said police rank(s) for trying to flee for his safety.
INews will be seeking a response from the Police Force on the circumstances surrounding this incident involving Khurshid Sattaur’s son.
This latest incident comes in the wake of the recent highly controversial high-speed chase of young Alana Seebarran, who was mistakenly pursued by an army intelligence officer during a bungled operation that resulted in three deaths. Alana is the wife of PPP/C Member of Parliament, Charles Ramson Jnr.