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Court fines Mercedes driver who showboated on Accra-Legon road

The 28-year-old man who was arrested for driving recklessly at the Airport traffic light intersection in Accra has been fined GH1,800 by the Kaneshie District Court.

This was after the accused Kofi Sasa Buckman pleaded guilty to two counts — careless driving and dangerous driving posing danger to road users.

The suspect was captured in a viral video late October, displaying his driving antics in a ‘fast and furious’ manner, in a grey Mercedes-Benz at the Airport Junction, off the Accra- Legon road.

In the said video, the driver who disrespected the traffic rules and regulations, moved from its lane while the traffic light was red, and drove towards the other lane.

In a Rambo style, he revved the engine, reversed and turned 360 twice, then moved back and sped off, leaving motorists stunned with a majority of them poking their heads out of their windows to catch a glimpse of the driver.

He turned himself to the police on Sunday morning with some relatives as the Airport Police Station began investigations into the matter, and was subsequently granted police enquiry bail to be later processed for court on October 25.

He failed to turn up in court as expected on Monday, October 25, due to ill health.

According to Superintendent John Atanga of the Airport District Police Motor Transport and Traffic Directorate (MTTD), Buckman was on admission at the hospital and receiving treatment on the night of Sunday, October 24.

“It is unfortunate the court matter could not come on. He was released on bail to his family to be brought today. But this morning we had a document from his doctors that late last night he was taken ill and is currently under observation,” he explained.

“Under this circumstance, we are handicapped to talk since it has to do with health matters,” Supt Atanga explained in an interview monitored by The Ghana Report on Joy FM.

“As we speak, I’m just waiting for his lawyers to come. So we have to get clearance from the medical facility that he is okay then we can move on to the court, because when it comes to health issues, the dynamics changed,” he added at the time.

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