Al Barsha accident
 accused detained

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Al Barsha accident
 accused detained

The Dubai Traffic Prosecution has ordered that the motorist, who crashed his car into a restaurant in Al Barsha 3 while he was intoxicated, killing three persons and injuring three others early on Friday morning, be placed under provisional detention for seven days and that his detention be extended when necessary.

By Marie Nammour

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Published: Mon 29 Jul 2013, 11:54 PM

Last updated: Fri 3 Apr 2015, 4:07 AM

According to Traffic Chief Prosecutor Salah bou Farroucha Al Felasi, the Traffic Prosecution has charged the 21-year-old Angolan motorist with drinking and driving under the influence of alcohol, causing the death of three people and injuring three others, damaging others’ property (his car and the restaurant facade and interior) and driving with an expired driving licence.

The Traffic Prosecution started interrogating the accused and investigation into the accident as soon as it was reported to the Bur Dubai police station.

“The investigation is being conducted by assistant prosecutor Hamad Al Ali. The defendant admitted that he was under the influence of alcohol at the time of the accident,” Al Felasi said.

The prosecutor confronted the accused with a footage on the accident (which was taken from the CCTV fixed at the entrance of a nearby hotel). “The footage showed the defendant driving on the two-way road at a very high speed and then suddenly swerving to the left towards the restaurant with no firm grip over the wheel. His vehicle ploughed on to the pavement, ran over a pedestrian and pushed him for a distance before crashing into the restaurant.”

A 4WD had just parked outside the restaurant and was close to the defendant’s car. Luckily, the defendant did not crash into it. “The investigating prosecutor did not see any other car that might have blocked or affected the defendant’s driving.”

The Crime Lab report confirmed that the defendant was highly intoxicated with alcohol. It was also known that he had an expired driving licence issued on April 6, 2011 valid for one year only.

Al Felasi said the prosecution would address the Dubai Health Authority and request medical reports to follow up on the condition of the injured so that they would take legal action in the case accordingly as early as possible.

Three injured in accidents

Al Felasi said some other accidents were also reported over the weekend.

Around 11.30 pm on Thursday, a vehicle driven by a 35-year-old Pakistani ran over an Indian, 34, and seriously injured him in Jebel Ali Industrial Area. The injured was airlifted to a hospital.

At 3.46pm on Friday, an Egyptian motorist, 32, lost control over his vehicle, which swerved and went off the road into the sand and trees on Al Ain-Dubai Road. He escaped unhurt while a 65-year-old woman, who was accompanying him, was badly injured.

At 12.45am on Sunday, a vehicle driven by a 25-year-old Lebanese man jumped the red traffic signal at the junction near the Bowling Centre in Al Quoz. He ran over and seriously injured a 15-year-old Pakistani boy.

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