Taking the law into your own hands, literally

January 13, 2011 12:00 am

, NAIROBI, Kenya, Jan 13 – A traffic police officer found himself on the receiving end in Nairobi, after a motorist he had flagged down for an alleged traffic offence rained blows on him in full view of a cheering crowd.

Members of the public were treated to a rare movie-like scene when the truck driver left the lorry in the middle of the busy Thika-Nairobi Highway.

Witnesses told GBS television the officer had flagged the truck down and soon after inspecting it, attempted to board it after ordering that it be driven to the Kasarani police station.

The 7 am incident that occurred on Wednesday caused a traffic snarl up on the busy highway that is under construction as motorists slowed down to catch a glimpse of the unusual scenario.

Some passengers in matatus heckled and booed the officer who unsuccessfully tried to handcuff the truck driver.

Other people just watched in disbelief and not even matatu conductors who gathered at the scene helped the policeman out.

In the incident that lasted for over 10 minutes, the truck driver managed to drive away but was arrested a few meters away by other traffic police officers who helped take their colleague to hospital.

Nairobi deputy traffic police chief Leonard Katana told Capital News that the truck driver was due to appear in court this Thursday morning.

"That driver was arrested and is likely to appear in court this [Thursday] morning," he said.

He said the truck driver who spent the night at the Kasarani police station would be charged with resisting arrest, assaulting a police officer among other traffic-related offences.

 (The video is courtesy of GBS television.)

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