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Cpl Ryan Bhall examines the Nissan Wingroad motorcar which collided with a pedestrian crossing the
Solomon Hochoy highway yesterday at the compound of the Chaguanas Police Station.
PHOTO SHASTRI BOODAN
Acting Police Commissioner
Stephen Williams has appointed
Deputy Commissioner Glen Hackett
to investigate allegations that Assis-
tant Commissioner of Police (ACP)
Peter Reyes was non compliant on
a Caribbean Airlines flight to Tobago
and that he uttered racist remarks.
Williams revealed this in a tele-
phone interview yesterday.
On Thursday evening Reyes had to
disembark from the flight after refus-
ing to switch off his cellular phone.
A report was sent to Caribbean
Airlines and the captain of the flight
and two crew members reported the
incident to the Piarco Police Station.
Williams said he had assigned
Hackett to investigate the matter
when it was brought to his attention
"I haven t set a timeline for him
but he will treat the matter with
urgency," Williams said.
"The point I would make is that
the investigation has to unfold and
when the matter is completed then
a determination will be made."
Once the investigation is complete,
Williams said, he will decide whether
Reyes committed a criminal offence,
a disciplinary offence or no offence
"If it is determined that he com-
mitted a criminal offence, then he
will be persecuted."
Asked about allegations that ACP
Reyes made racist remarks while on
the flight, Williams said all of the
allegations made by the captain of
the aircraft and his crew would be
investigated. Minister of National
Security Gary Griffith reserved com-
ment on the issue.
"It would be inappropriate for me
to comment on this matter until a
full investigation is conducted and
report submitted by the CoP, which
can only be done after all information
is received by all sides," Griffith said.
ACP Reyes was recently promoted
to Tobago to treat with crime there,
following the murder of a German
couple---Hubertus Keil, 74, and Brigid
Keil, 71, who were chopped to death
at Minister s Bay, Bacolet last month.
Williams said ACP Reyes was sta-
tioned in Tobago where he was
ACP Reyes has been a police officer
for the past 37 years and replaced
ACP Brian Headley who recently went
on pre-retirement leave.
After incident on CAL flight
Probe ordered into
ACP Peter Reyes
Chaguanas Mayor Gopaul
Boodhan is calling in police to
ensure that the breathalyzer is
used with increased frequency
over the Christmas season.
He was speaking with the
media yesterday after he joined
members of the Chaguanas Bor-
ough Council to distribute ham-
pers to needy people at the
Chaguanas Borough Corporation
new administrative complex at
His comments came even as
another fatal accident was
recorded in the Chaguanas dis-
Police said Randolph Taitt, 45,
of Edinburgh 500 was struck
and killed by a Nissan Wingroad
as he attempted to cross the
highway, near the Unipet service
station yesterday morning.
Boodhan said he was upset at
the level of road carnage that
took place in T&T and the bor-
ough in 2014. He said police
should step up their patrols and
be on the alert for intoxicated
Boodhan said drunk drivers
can sometimes use their vehicles
as a weapon, causing havoc and
undue distress to innocent fam-
The mayor said the hampers
were donated by Massy Finance.
He called on other corporate
entities in the borough to adopt
needy families not only for the
holidays but throughout the year
to help them rise out of pover-
Chaguanas mayor on road fatalities
Crackdown on drunk drivers
The search contin-
ues for four illegal
immigrants, a Niger-
ian, a Guyanese, a
Jamaican and a Barba-
dian, who escaped
from the Immigration
Detention Centre, in
Aripo on Friday night.
sources said they con-
tinued their search for
the men yesterday but
came up with nothing.
The four, who were
awaiting deportation to
their respective coun-
tries, reportedly forced
open a steel door at the
centre around 11 pm,
scaled a barbed-wire
fence and escaped into
the surrounding forest-
ed area. A joint
tion team carried out
search exercises around
the centre soon after
but failed to find the
men. On Saturday they
extended the search to
Wallerfield and Cumu-
to. The National Oper-
ations Centre s Air
Division also joined in
with aerial searches.
The men reportedly
told other detainees
they did not want to be
deported and felt
Trinidad gave them
Search continues for four escapees
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