Patna: An employee of a private airline, who almost crashed his car into the vehicle of deputy superintendent of police (DSP), law and order, Shibli Nomani, was arrested in the early hours of Sunday on the charge of driving under the influence of alcohol.
The incident occurred late night near Hartali Mor when the airline official, who was allegedly inebriated, was driving his car at a high speed and DSP Nomani was returning home from duty.
“It was around 12.30pm,” DSP Nomani recalled.
“I was returning home to Samanpura from AN College where counting of votes for the Magadh University students’ union election was going on. When my vehicle reached near Hartali Mor, a black car coming from the Boring Road side at a high speed overtook my vehicle.
“It was about to hit my vehicle and the accident was averted due to my driver’s alertness,” Nomani added.
The car didn’t stop and the driver tried to speed away.
A chase ensued, with Nomani’s vehicle on hot pursuit of the black car.
The DSP also alerted the patrolling party of the Shastri Nagar police stationed near Dumra Chowk about the black car.
The black car’s driver – later identified as 35-year-old Amit Kumar Sharma, a resident of Sipara in Patna – turned his vehicle towards the VIP area near Lalit Bhavan.
After a 10-minute chase, the DSP’s vehicle overtook Amit’s car near Circular Road and forced it to stop.
“Amit was under the influence of liquor,” Nomani said. “The Sachivalaya police station, under whose jurisdiction the area falls, was informed about the incident and the driver was handed over to the Sachivalaya police.”
Sachivalya police station house officer (SHO) Rakesh Kumar Bhaskar said Amit’s blood was tested for alcohol and the result was positive.
“The man had consumed 138ml of a prohibited drink,” the SHO said. “He was produced before the local magistrate and was later forwarded to jail.”
The police have booked Amit under Section 37 (B) of the Bihar Prohibition and Excise Act, 2016, and Section 138 of the Motor Vehicles Act.
Police sources said that Amit, who works as duty officer with a private airline, was returning home to Sipara near Danapur after attending a party at Fatuha where liquor was served.
The incident has once again exposed the Patna police’s tall claims of night patrolling, because Amit managed to drive 35km from Fatuha in rural Patna to Hartali Mor in an allegedly inebriated state without being challenged by the law enforcers.
Last week on Sunday early morning as well, unidentified criminals had shot at and critically injured an army jawan who resisted their loot attempt.
Courtesy: The Telegraph