Driver of tipper truck that ran over three cops arrested

Driver of tipper truck that ran over three cops arrested

July 14, 2020   07:46 pm

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The driver of the tipper truck which knocked down and killed a police constable and injured two others has been arrested.

The arrest has been made at Hungama earlier today (14), said Police Media Spokesman SSP Jaliya Senaratne.

Previously today, the tipper truck in question was found abandoned at a compound of a house in Kattakaduwa, Hungama.

A tipper truck ran over the police officers at Kongama checkpoint last night (13), killing a Constable and two Sergeants on duty.

At around 11.00 pm, the police officers on vehicle inspection duty in Kirinda town had signaled a tipper truck, which had been en route to Hakmana from Matara, to stop.

However, as the driver failed to comply with the orders, these officers informed the policemen at the Kongala checkpoint of the situation, while giving the tipper truck a chase.

Upon receiving the information, the police officers at the checkpoint had managed to stop the driver. They had been inspecting the tipper truck when the policemen who were tailing the vehicle arrived there.

The police officers subsequently issued the driver a spot fine permit as a temporary license and warned him against reckless driving.

The tripper truck driver, who then set off in the direction of the Hakmana area, had turned the vehicle and sped up towards Matara area nearly 10 minutes later.

He had intentionally knocked the police officers at the checkpoint, killing one Constable and injuring two Sergeants.

The deceased officer was identified as a 36-year-old attached to Hakmana Police. He is a resident of the Walasmulla area.

Hakmana Police is conducting further investigations to apprehend the hit-and-run driver who is currently in hiding.

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