An Emirati man has gone on trial in the Court of First Instance, accused of assaulting a police officer and fiercely resisting arrest.
The 34-year-old unemployed man is also accused of putting the lives of two patrol police officers at risk after he swerved his car suddenly while the police were trying to stop him.
He was allegedly drunk when he intentionally caused Dh6,900 damage to the police car after he ran into it.
He is also charged with possessing 11 cans of alcohol — which he intended to share with others — without a licence.
According to public prosecution records, the incident took place on January 26, 2014, after the police received several complaints about individuals posing as cops and robbing people, mainly workers, of their cash and sometimes even kidnapping them.
“There were several complaints within less than one week about a man driving around, along with other suspects, stopping workers and stealing their cash after pretending to be policemen. When we reached the place we met the complainant who gave us the car’s descriptions,” a police officer said.
“At that very moment, we spotted the same car in the street. The driver would not obey our order to stop and kept speeding and driving recklessly and even swerving in our direction until he crashed into our car.”