Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : October 8th 2014 Contents The quick intervention of concerned
drivers led to the arrest yesterday of a truck
driver for alleged drunk and dangerous
According to reports, around 4.20 pm a
group of police from the Highway Patrol
and Traffic Branch were heading south along
the Solomon Hochoy Highway when several
motorists informed them that the driver of
a ten-wheel dump truck was driving errat-
The police, led by Sgt Vijay Ramdhanie,
drove ahead and spotted the truck near
Point Lisas. The driver was allegedly driving
well over the speed limit and was periodically
swerving between lanes and onto the shoul-
Police eventually got the driver to stop
but when they were questioning him they
smelt alcohol on his breath and realised his
speech was slurred.
Ironically, the police were all qualified
breathalyser technicians returning from lec-
turing at a training course in San Juan.
A field test was administered on the 44-
year-old Laventille man who recorded a
reading of 127 microgrammes of alcohol per
100 millilitres of breath, almost four times
the legal limit. He was arrested and taken
to San Fernando, where he remained
detained last night.
The man is expected to appear in the San
Fernando Magistrate s Court today.
Cpl Ali, PCs Sookai and Mohammed and
WPC Skinner were also involved in the
The Opposition People s National Move-
ment (PNM) will continue screening today
for various northern and East West Corridor
seats, general secretary Ashton Ford said yes-
Nominees are being screened for seats,
including Port-of-Spain North, where attorney
Stuart Young is tipped. Another male nominee
is also listed for scrutiny, officials said.
Also to be examined are nominees for
D Abadie O Meara (where a retired Defence
Force head is tipped), La Horquetta-Talparo
(where former journalist Maxie Cuffie is tipped),
and San Juan-Barataria (where nominees
include former San Juan Business Association
head Ibrahim Ali, Pat Butcher, former MP
Joseph Ross and former senator Mariano
Browne is tipped).
Meanwhile, United National Congress s Suruj
Rambachan said when the occasion arises, the
UNC would set up an appropriate screening
team to select general election candidates.
"It s an ongoing process and I am sure the
party is always engaged in ensuring the wishes
of the electorate are heard with the preferred
"There are several people who currently rep-
resent constituencies but like we have done in
the past for screening, when the occasion arises
the political leader will set up an appropriate
screening team and the party will choose the
appropriate candidates for the UNC," he said.
On how the matter will be dealt with at
coalition level, Rambachan said: "Of course
we have partners and they will also be in the
process of accommodation and negotiations."
But COP chairman Carolyn Seepersad-
Bachan said there were no discussions that
she was aware of concerning candidate selection
in the COP or with the People s Partnership
She said the COP would like negotiations
to start early as the PP had had a similar sit-
uation with local government election arrange-
After the PNM began screening, COP MP
Lincoln Douglas called for the Partnership to
work out election arrangements early, especially
regarding candidates, so people could start
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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Wednesday, October 8, 2014
Gang puts out $20,000 hit on law officers but...
Laventille gang is reportedly offering
$20,000 to anyone who kills any soldier or
police operating in Laventille.
The hit was put out as the gangsters seek
reprisal for the killing of reputed gang leader
Dillon "Bandy" Skeete on September 25 at
Desperlie Crescent, Laventille.
However, National Security Minister Gary
Griffith has countered this, saying they will
give five times that amount to anyone who
comes forward with information leading to
the people who put out the hit.
Police and soldiers were put on high alert
after intelligence agencies intercepted the
offer, which is believed to have been made
by members of the Rasta City gang in Laven-
Law enforcement officers have since been
advised to be extremely cautious in the com-
munity, especially as it is coming soon after
the recent death of inspector Sahadeo Singh,
who was feared by many criminals in eastern
Contacted by CNC3 yesterday, Griffith said
while he could neither confirm nor deny the
information, they were willing to counter it
by offering five times that amount to anyone
with information about it.
He said: "If anyone is naive enough to give
authorisation to prevent law enforcement
officers from carrying out their duties, they
are in for a reality check.
"No gang leader should feel he can own
a block, area or turf in this country, or can
give any authorisation to prevent law enforce-
ment officers from doing their duties. Those
who believe that they can do so would feel
the full brunt of the law.
"Law enforcement officers will be carrying
out their duties without fear or favour. If
anyone has information that can lead to the
arrest of anyone who carries out a threat to
attack law enforcement officers, we will offer
them, through CrimeStoppers, the sum of
Around 10 pm on September 25, eyewit-
nesses said an unmarked Nissan X-Trail pulled
alongside Skeete, Joel Tash, 22, and 25-year-
old Jamaican national Tremaine Thomas,
who was in Trinidad shooting a film on gang-
ster life, Christian Huggins and Atiba Lewis.
The men were told to kneel, then shot sev-
eral times. Skeete, Tash and Thomas died on
the spot while Huggins and Lewis were also
shot but survived.
Residents had claimed it was rogue police-
men and Defence Force soldiers who carried
out the killings in retaliation for the June 29
killing of Lance Cpl Kayode Thomas but the
police and army denied this claim.
Drivers' concerns lead to arrest of drunk trucker
Griffith offers $100,000 for info
Constable Sookhai, left, administers a breathalyser test on a truck driver stopped on the
south-bound lane of the Solomon Hochoy Highway, Couva, yesterday. Also in the photo are
Sgt Ramdhanie, Cpl Ali, Const Mohammed and Wpc Skinner, who were on their way back to
the San Fernando Traffic Department after concluding training on breathalyser equipment
at the Police Highway and Traffic Branch. PHOTO: SHIVA HARDEO
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