DUBAI — A driver accused of mowing down and killing a pedestrian while drunk was arrested within three hours while attempting to flee the country, Gulf News reported.
The Brazilian allegedly committed the fatal hit-and-run in Al Sufouh in the early hours of Saturday morning.
Senior Chief Traffic Prosecutor Salah Bu Farousha, Head of Dubai Traffic Public Prosecution (TPP), told Gulf News on Sunday: “The 31-year-old Brazilian man fled the accident scene directly to his workplace, from where he picked up his passport then headed immediately to Dubai International Airport. The accident happened at 2am and led to the 29-year-old Briton’s immediate death. Thanks to Dubai Police’s vigilance and swiftness the driver was busted at the airport’s Dubai Duty Free before he boarded a Beirut-bound plane at 4.20am.”
When questioned by traffic prosecutors the man admitted he had been driving under the influence of liquor when he knocked down the pedestrian on Al Sufouh Street towards the Dubai Marina Bridge.
The Briton was crossing from an undesignated spot and had reached the second lane when the car knocked him over, according to Bu Farousha. Initial investigations showed the defendant drove straight to his workplace at Jumeirah Lake Towers, picked up his passport and headed to the airport with the intention of travelling to Lebanon.