The motorcyclist at the center of a videotaped standoff involving residents and police officers in the Long Bush area of Tortola last week has been slapped with six charges.
Ashemba Frett, who cops said is a resident of Belle Vue, was offered $5,000 police bail two days after the incident.
When contacted, Police Information Officer Diane Drayton told BVI News Online that Frett has been charged with:
1. Driving a motorcycle above the prescribed limit
2. Illegal importation
3. Resisting arrest
4. Assault on police
5. Driving without a licence for that class motorcycle
6. And reckless driving
An amateur video, which BVI News Online re-published late last week, shows police officers struggling to arrest Frett.
During the struggle, government lawmaker Marlon Penn appeared and also tried to restore calm.
Some persons in a group of onlookers were over-heard accusing the police of carrying out their duties in an unprofessional manner. At the same time, persons were heard disparaging the law enforcers.
The allegations in relation to this incident are expected to be outlined in detail when Frett appears in the Magistrate’s Court to answer to the charges.
The video showing a part of the incident is re-published below:
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