A motorcycle driver and his companion are facing a criminal charge after a packet containing suspected dried marijuana was found shortly after they rammed an electric post while being pursued by the police for a traffic violation.
The report released by police chief Maj. Robert Kevin Caparroso stated that a mobile patrol led by PMSg Nestor Venus was along Moonwalk road in barangay Calatagan at 1 AM of Feb. 12, 2022 when they spotted a motorcycle with two men on board who were not wearing safety helmets.
When they tried to flag down the two men, the motorcycle suddenly sped towards barangay Danicop, triggering the chase through Sogod-Tibgao (BLISS).
The two men turned right towards Constantino but ran straight into a wooden electric pole at the curving portion of the narrow road. The driver lay injured on the ground, with his companion fleeing the scene.
PMSg Venus immediately called the Philippine Red Cross Emergency Rescue Unit, with responders attending to the driver who was later rushed to a hospital.
Found at the scene was a packet of suspected dried marijuana which the police said was thrown away by the two men right after the accident.
The report identified the driver as one “Nonon,” 23, and his companion as one “Tayoy,” 21, both jobless residents of Marcelo Alberto.
A source named the driver as Christian Gonzales and the backrider as John Lloyd Leonardo.
The sachet containing suspected dangerous drugs was turned over to the Regional Crime Laboratory Office for examination.
With the test positive for marijuana, the two men will be charged for violation of Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.
On the other hand, the Honda Mio scooter, which was reportedly borrowed by the two men, was later discovered to be unregistered while Gonzales failed to present a valid driver’s license.