April 18, 2017
MMDA Traffic Enforcer Sideswiped by Driver While Trying to Evade Traffic Violation
The traffic enforcer of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) who was reportedly ran over by a motorist for a traffic infraction in Malabon City last Monday said that the driver refused being issued a violation ticket.
In his sworn statement before the Valenzuela Police, Traffic Aide 1 Eugene Yadao said he and another traffic enforcer, Manuel Farinas, flagged down two vehicles – a yellow Isuzu Crosswind and a grey Honda City—for an illegal counter flow on McArthur Highway, Malabon City around 8 p.m. last April 17.
Yadao said he approached the male driver of the Honda City, who was later identified as Gregory Frank Baquiran, and immediately informed him of his violation.
When asked for his driver’s license, Baquiran told Yadao that he does not have one.
The driver tried to speed off when the traffic enforcer was about to get the vehicle’s OR/CR from Baquiran but was prevented by a passenger bus which blocked the car’s path.
The driver then sped toward Yadao who was able to hang on the hood of the vehicle.
Yadao said he managed to hang on the hood while the vehicle was speeding until he fell on Banana Road.
He said that a concerned motorcycle rider in the area helped him and chased the fleeing Honda City which drove toward McArthur Highway in the Valenzuela area.
Yadao said he alighted the motorcycle and told Baquiran to drive the vehicle on the curb when they caught up with Honda City before the exit of the McArthur Highway-Potrero Malabon. Instead of heeding the traffic enforcer’s instruction, Baquiran drove again toward Valenzuela.
Yadao and the motorcycle rider continued with their pursuit of the car until they reached Marulas, Valenzuela where the traffic enforcer spotted a police assistance desk and asked for help from Police Officers 1 Mel John Obejas and Mark Jade Gaoiran.
Later that day, Yadao said he was informed by a local traffic enforcer in Valenzuela that Baquiran was arrested and was being treated at the Valenzuela Medical Center.
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