Matthews unable to ‘out-run’ the law
Rodney Ricardo Matthews proved to be no match for police officers Renaldo Williams and Wesley Hall on Tuesday, when he found out that he could neither out-drive nor out-run them.
All Matthews’ efforts did was to land him before Magistrate Graveney Bannister in the District ‘A’ Traffic Court yesterday from where he was sent for 28 days on remand at HMP Dodds.
The two policemen were patrolling on February 9 along Wharf Road, The City when they noticed a white pick-up truck which was travelling along Trafalgar Street. The vehicle had no red lights to the rear and no number-plate light, Sergeant Theodore McClean say.
The lawmen therefore turned on the siren and when Matthews stopped, they went to him. It was while there they also noticed the registration number was no longer valid.
As the policemen were telling Matthews of their observations, he drove off and left them.
From then, the officers were in hot pursuit through Nelson Street, Brittons Hill, Rendezvous – and all this while, Matthews reportedly disregarded not only the siren but also all traffic signs.
He eventually abandoned the vehicle in Amity Lodge, Christ Church and ran off; the policemen gave chase and caught up with him.
Yesterday Matthews pleaded guilty to nine traffic offences but not guilty to assaulting the cops and resisting arrest. He was remanded until March 9 when he will return before Magistrate Bannister for sentencing.