An eyewitness stated that the driver declined to stop after he was flagged down by the traffic officers prompting a car chase.
He sped past the officers, knocked one down and further hit a tree in the process at a further distance. The vehicle, carrying avocados, was en route to Thika town from the Mang’u.
“Police officers from a nearby post rushed to the scene and rushed the injured duo to the Thika Level Five Hospital,” eyewitnesses stated.
The officers couldn’t ascertain why the driver was fleeing.
In April 2019, several officers were also rushed to hospital after a lorry rammed into a police vehicle that formed a barricade at the Thika Superhighway.
The roadblock had been mounted to keep motorists at bay after they were found outside past curfew time.
Deputy Inspector General of Police, (DIG) Edward Mbugua in May 2021, warned police against erecting roadblocks without their bosses approval. This was after the juniors were found defying his order on barricades.
â€œThis must be taken seriously and cascaded to all stations,â€ Mbugua stated.
The DIG stated that the National Police Service (NPS) was keen on curbing corruption as some of the roadblocks were bribe hotspots. A number of police officers were arrested in a crackdown conducted between January and May 2021.
Other traffic officers who were recalled from major highways were deployed back to their stations and others posted to other counties. They were further tasked with undertaking general duties.