Dubai Police officer loses leg after Porsche driver rams into patrol car

Reckless driver escapes jail term


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A Dubai Police officer lost a leg after a driver slammed her vehicle into a patrol car in a reckless accident.

The officer's leg was badly damaged and had to be amputated following the incident in Jebel Ali.

Details of the drama came to light in court as the woman contested a jail sentence at Dubai Traffic Court.

Judges were told that the Emirati, 30, was recklessly driving her Porsche when the accident happened on March 21.

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It was a direct result to her negligence and lack of attention
Dubai public prosecutor

The incident happened when a patrol car was called to the area when a vehicle broke down in the middle of a road.

After pushing the stalled car to the side of the carriageway, and despite using sirens and hazard lights, the speeding Porsche failed to break.

The officer was hit by the Porsche, after which the car crashed into the broken-down vehicle and injured one of its passengers.

The broken down vehicle's driver sustained moderate injuries.

A road accident reconstruction expert told Dubai Traffic Court the woman solely bares responsibility of the crash.

“It was a direct result to her negligence and lack of attention,” the expert said in court.

Dubai traffic prosecutors charged the woman with endangering life and damaging property.

She was sentenced to one month in prison in June and her driving licence was suspended for three months.

But as the verdict was issued in absentia, the woman was granted a retrial during which she admitted to charges and pleaded for leniency.

The court quashed the woman’s sentence and replaced it with a Dh10,000 fine. In its ruling, the court stated it was showing leniency towards her.

“Despite the fact that the verdict is based on accurate legal grounds and should be upheld, the court sees in its capacity to take the defendant by leniency and amend the punishment to a fine of Dh10,000,” the verdicts said.

The verdict has already been appealed by prosecutors and a hearing in the expected in court this week.

Updated: September 22, 2022, 12:30 PM
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