Cops mow down DUI suspect

| 31/12/2011

police truck.jpg(CNS): A West Bay man has been arrested and suffered serious injuries after he was run over by a police SUV Friday night following a high speed car chase. Police said Saturday morning that they had begun an enquiry into the circumstances surrounding the incident which landed the man in hospital. The RCIPS said the suspect was chased at speed from the Ritz Carlton to Rossett Close, off Mount Pleasant Road in West Bay, where, police said, he got out of his car and ran into the path of their Ford Explorer. The chase started around 10:20pm after uniformed patrol officers spotted a black Honda Torneo close to the West Bay Road hotel.

A spokesperson for the RCIPS said the attention of the patrol officers in the marked Ford Explorer was drawn to the Honda but did not indicate why the car or the driver was of interest to police. Once spotted, the police claim that the driver of the car made off at a high speed.
The police driver followed the car, attempting to stop it using blue lights and horns, but the Honda failed to stop as the high speed chase continued along the West Bay Road and into the heart of West Bay. The driver eventually stopped the car on Rossett Close and got out of the vehicle and then, the RCIPS stated, ran into the path of the oncoming police vehicle.

The cop car hit the man, who other sources say has sustained multiple injuries, including pelvic and internal injuries. He was taken to hospital for treatment, where his condition is currently described as stable.

Police say the man has been arrested on suspicion of DUI and dangerous driving and that an enquiry is now underway into the chase and all of the circumstances surrounding the incident.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    stop the car on west bay road and you wouldn't  of been  hurt ! bobo ! case closed

  2. Anonymous says:

    Like someone posted we the the public are going to end up paying for this little messy situation and kudos to CNS you always get it right its just that many on here live in dream land and are unable to deal with the real truth and prefer to listen to the lies of the state until it happens to them.

  3. Reality Cheque$$ says:

    The last time this occurred in the Bennett case the government was force to pay over a CI$150,000 to the victim after being found responsible for a young man injuries who was in similar circumstances running from the law on a motorcycle in West Bay. For all of you posting celebratory comments about this situation, l hope for our sake this outcome does not go the way that situation did, Because it is the public's money being paid out for these situations. If i was a betting man i would put my money unfortunately on the accused because the proffesional ability of RCIPS is somewhat suspect to say the least. I guess we are still infected with the 2011 syndrome No law and order and no order in the law!

  4. Anonymous says:

    I for one, don't believe it was an accident but that's my opinion.

    If they were close enough to see that the perp had exited his vehicle then why praytell were they not able to stop in time before mowing down the man?

    Even if he's a criminal with a well known past that does not knock the fact that these bad driving police officers almost ended a LIFE! Guess it's ok cause we're sure he's the bad guy in this situation right, lol.

    Note: I was in a tarffic accident and was told by the RCIPs that even though the elderly driver literally turned into my path, I should have been able to stop in time. Does this not apply to them too? (which by the way would have only happened if I was going 5 MPH in a hovercraft).

    The police are getting so desperate right now to catch ANY criminal we all better watch out before they figure out how to plant evidence and convict innocent people of the crimes instead.

    • It's Absolutely Super! says:

      They will soon have that right under the new gun law. Yes they can! They can break your door down (breaking and entering is illegal) and search your home without you present and without a warrant (they can plant evidence without even having just cause for being on your premises). But Obama has just turned the USA into a police state so this place shouldn't be any different.

  5. Can Hardly Believe This Country says:


    Forget about the "sensationalism" described by your readers. "Mowed down" was exactly what happened to him. Mowed down simply means to "cut down". Just like the act of lawning, where this phrase originated from. Regardless of how (by gun, by car it doesn't matter), mowed down is mowed down.

    If the police knocked him down carelessly they mowed him down. If they knocked him down intentionally they still mowed him down. It doesn't matter. Your headlines does NOT reek of anti-law-enforcement sentiments. It's just the simple truth and its just the perfect headline and was appropriate and unbiased.

    Of equal interest to me, is Mike Jervis' vehicular manslaughter in which the police were accused/suspected of a coverup in relation to that matter. This case is very reflective of Mike Jervis', but more concerning as to rights in that they refused to let the family take any pictures. Hopefully he stays alive so that he can tell his side of the story, because this country, as usual, has taken the first story and ran with it as the truth. They have forgotten or chose to neglect the fact that the boy has a side of the story too. 

    One question Cayman: Did they really chase him that far? Maybe we should wait for his side and then make a judgement.


  6. Anonymous says:

    With the $12 (or $30) million the RCIPS just received – depending on which number one believes – dash cameras in all their new vehicles would have been smart. But I guess not….. 

  7. Anonymous says:

    'Mow down' is just another descriptive in a long list of headlines that have more than a touch of anti-police bias within the editorial ranks of CNS.  I applaud CNS in their efforts to bring news and comments to the public, but in their headlines in most matters police their bias is plain to see and most un-professional.

  8. Anonymous says:

    Sorry CNS I love to read your posts but you took it a bit too far with the headline. He was drunk or maybe high as well and could have ran into the path also.In any event he was evading arrest and who knows what he might off had in his waist andrunning to an un-armored police vehicle at that point in time.I am sure the police also gave chase maybe because they know his modus operandi.Just sayin 🙂

  9. Anonymous says:

    This is one of the most un-professional headlines I have ever read and CNS should really be ashamed of themselves for printing it.

  10. Bling man says:

    Wild, man!  But they got him.  Too bad he got banged up, but bad things can happen when you drink too much……….  assuming he was drinking.

    • Anonymous says:

      Mow down means ” to be mowed down by a machine gun!”
      That’s what mowed down means in police language.

      • Anonymous says:

        Wow. Did you read that in the policeman’s dictionary?

      • Jack B Nimble says:

        Thanks for this very helpful information! As it turns out, I’ve been cutting my grass the wrong way all this time! Now where do I get the proper equipment for the job? West Bay, I presume?

  11. Anonymous says:

    Wow! If we could only get them to be this serious about Robbery now we would be ok.

  12. Caribitz says:

    CNS – I do not care for your headline.  "Mow down" makes it sound like this was an intentional act on the part of RCIPS.  Everyone, including RCIPS, should be considered innocent, until proven otherwise.  I would suggest a more appropriate headline.

    • Knot S Smart says:

      Another good headline would be 'DUI suspect run over by Police'..

    • Anonymous says:

      The headline sounds like some anti-Police newspapers in the Caribbean. One particular paper distort the headlines and its only when you read the substance of the events you realize that the police did not deliberate committed  a crime

    • The watcher says:

      I have to agree with Carabitz about the CNS Headline.  Because when I read it, it gave the impression that the police had run down a man with the police car and killed him.  Until I began reading the contents and saw what was taking place.

      The watcher says that what happened with the police in this incident happened before with a police wehicle and it was not the police fault it was the victim fault who did same thing in west Bay.  But obviously this is Cayman and some people on this island is so heavily bound against the police it aint funny any more.

      Of course some times the police may have to bend a little, but for Christ sake take into consideration that they too are human beings.  Stop being anti the police because while you are sleeping day and nights, they are the ones out there putting their lives on the line for you.

      My advice to the police is this, STICK TOGETHER, remember you are all brothers and sisters in the Law.  Do not go against each other, because a house devided cannot stand.

  13. Anonymous says:

    Well… When I google the name of the "victim", then I see that he had courtcase 01317/2010 ahainst him for "Resisting Arrest"… It seems like he really doesn't like to get arrested… Personally, I don't like the way this news got published in Cayman… You write "…the police claim that the driver of the car made off at a high speed"… Your competitor newspage lets first the family tell their story and later the side of the police… I believe the story of the police and have no sympathy for a drunken driver that tried uncessfully to out-run the police… Luckily nobody else but the culprit was injured. Next time, he might want to slow down, when a police car shows him to stop… 

  14. Anonymous says:

    Really?  "DUI suspect abandons car, runs in front of pursuit vehicle" not interesting enough for you?

  15. Anonymous says:

    Why not write down the number plate, check the database and pick him up later.

    No, we need to do it the american way, like on tv.

    Adrenaline pumping and risking the lives of innocent people.

    What a bunch of idiots. . . . . . .

    • Commuter says:

      Because a) he would simply deny he was driving at the time b) by escaping at high speed the police have reasonable suspicion that he has another reason not to be stopped – like being drunk or having something illegal in the car.  Doh!  Your suggestion is tantamount to saying that anyone doing anything illegl in a car, whether driving drunk, carrying a gun or drugs,  or stealing a car., anything at all, can avoid arrest by simply driving very fast and dangerously in the hope that police will not chase them down and give them 24 hrs to either deny they were dribving, metabolisethe alcohol or hide the evidence.  

    • Anonymous says:


      Ever heard of a stolen vehicle? Or a vehicle that is intended for use in a robbery, drive by shooting or some other serious offence?

      Sometimes I have to wonder if people have all lost their common sence, of if they really had any to start with.

      At this rate and with a mind set such as yours, we will end up with police service that is so risk averse that they will be about as useful as a fifth wheel on a coach.


    • Anonymous says:

      And when he kills you and your family because of his stupidity to drive drunk and reckless?
      What would you say?

    • Anonymous says:

      You are right, I agree.  They could have followed on a distance. Or call other police units in the area.

      High speed chases cause additional accidents.

    • Dred says:

      Maybe after he kills someone right?

  16. Anonymous says:

    Mow down CNS? Really?

  17. Anonymous says:

    SO SAD.

  18. Anonymous says:

    Your Head Line "Sucks"

  19. Anonymous says:

    I usually don't have anything good in the defense of the police, but this guy was running away, he got in the way of the police vehicle while running away….."oh well"…what I would like to know though why was the police chasing him?

  20. Anonymous says:

    People need to respect the RCIP and stop when they see a police lights come on. Let that be a lesson to all the other people who drink, drive and speed. Ears can't hear, you will feel.

    Did this reckless driver not learned anything from the death of the 26 year old earlier this week, who chose to be reckless in a vehicle?  What does it take to get these people to learn?

    The driver should have had some respect for his life and the lives of others using the raod and stopped for the RCIPS. That way the RCIPS would not have had to chase him and he would not have been injured.

    If you can't take the "heat", stay out of the kitchen or in this case, off the road.


  21. Judge Dredd says:

    "Mow down" is unnecessarily emotive language.

  22. Cayman Horizon says:

    This is the new reality in Cayman they have taken away all of our basic rights & freedoms now they are running us down on our streets. Yet we have no one to stand up for our rights.

    • Anonymous says:



      we are losing our right to:

      drive drunk

      shoot and kill with illegal weapons

      use illegal drugs

      rape, pillage and main


      i think they missed you too, that is sad

  23. Anonymous says:

    Police – I for one fully support you on this one. Good work! Please keep it up and do not be discouraged by this.

  24. really? says:

    That's rather an inflammatory headline CNS. 

  25. Neon Runway says:

    This sounds rather fishy if he is drunk he obviously could not have run too far? "He ran in front of vehicle Yeah right" Sounds like the adrenaline rush got the best of somebody.Oh but the in experience shows!

    • Anonymous says:

      No-one has said he was "drunk".  He is accused of being over the limit. That's nowhere near the same thing.


  26. Anonymous says:

    Serves him right!

  27. Anonymous says:

    Let's try something new in Cayman , let hold people responsible for their behavior. Why was this man running from the police which is a crime in itself?

    But no the Cayman way is to ignore personal responsiblity and go straight to blaming the RCIP.

    • Anonymous says:

      Suspended License.

      After suffering broken pelvis, leg, ribs, cuts, severe road rash I bet he wishes he hadnt run in first place and just taken a bed for the night in WB Lockup.

  28. Anonymous says:

    Cns:  "A spokesperson for the RCIPS said the attention of the patrol officers in the marked Ford Explorer was drawn to the Honda but DID NOT INDICATE WHY the car or the driver was of interest to police but once spotted the police claim the driver of the car made off at a high speed."  Why is it that the Police are REFUSING to give us thefull story???  And why are they speeding, endangering people's lives?  Did the car had a license plate number???  I think these officers need to be investigated themselves.

  29. Anonymous says:

    CNS, try to find out if they blood tested the police officer driving the SUV for drugs and/or alcohol?

    • Anonymous says:


      • Anonymous says:

        Because they were involved in a accident – it's SOP with most police forces – and because I find it hard to believe that any driver who did something like this was unimpaired.

  30. Anonymous says:

    I'm sure this website will be full of comment vilifying the police.

    If he had stopped promptly at the nearest safe location then this would have gone no further. A roadside test would show if he was intoxicated and he would  have been released or arrested accordingly. End of story.

    Instead he chose to flee and endanger the community, the officers, and himself. He chose to ignore a marked polcie car with lights and horns trying to stop him. He failed to comply. He caused this.

  31. Anonymous says:

    Not another HONDA person….????!!!!! I guess this will make the police profiling a lot easier in Cayman going forward. Just stop ALL Hondas.

  32. Anonymous says:

    Any need for such a sensational headline?

  33. Anonymous says:

    From your dramatic headline it is obvious that you are seeking to infer blame against the police driver. The heading " Man injured in collision with Police Vehicle" is far less biased and rabble rousing. There is an old saying theat "The person who shouts loudest is not always right". Perhaps it should be modified to cover the press with " The most dramatic isn't always the truth".