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Stiff fine for man who ran from Police officer

An electrician who attempted to escape police by running into a restricted area at LF Wade International Airport was fined $1,500 in Magistrates’ Court.

Kushane Hypolite, 35, also admitted falsely claiming his motorcycle, which he abandoned while being chased by an off-duty officer, had been stolen.

Crown counsel Tawana Tannock told the court that at around 11.45am on October 24, an off-duty police officer stopped Hypolite after seeing him ride dangerously including forcing other cyclists to avoid him.

After a brief chase, Hypolite abandoned his vehicle, along with his keys and identifying personal items near the BAS Kitchen and ran through the executive jet facility, a restricted area.

He later contacted police and told them his motorcycle was stolen but on October 30 he turned himself in at Southside Police Station and admitted the offences.

Asked by Senior Magistrate Archibald Warner why he decided to run from police, the Devonshire man said: “I was faced with police brutality. If I had stayed, this man would have punched my teeth down my throat.”

Questioned further, he said the officer at no point struck him or threatened to strike him, but swore at him while attempting to pull him over.

Mr Warner responded: “I get tired of people like you coming here and talking foolishness, you know. Utter foolishness.”

Mr Warner fined Hypolite $500 for driving in a manner dangerous, $500 for entering a restricted area and another $500 for knowingly making a false report, ordering him to pay the entire fine by the end of the day.

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Published November 28, 2011 at 9:02 am (Updated November 28, 2011 at 9:01 am)

Stiff fine for man who ran from Police officer

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