Taxi driver charged for dragging enforcer

A taxi driver is facing litigation due to a case that started as a routine apprehension for a seatbelt violation.

Driver Dario Liton Simborio was charged on Saturday of direct assault before the City Prosecutor’s Office, Davao City Police Office (DCPO) spokesperson Sr. Insp. Maria Theresita Gaspan told TIMES yesterday.

Simborio, 36, a resident of Digos City, Davao del Sur who drives a taxi cab here, allegedly failed to wear a seatbelt and a dispute led him to injure the enforcer.

Simborio is now detained in the San Pedro Police Precinct for allegedly dragging and injuring traffic enforcer Julius Regidor Raquel, 40, married, and resident of Barangay 37-D, Poblacion District.

According to the report, Raquel was manning the traffic at the corner of Quirino Avenue and Pichon Street in Bankerohan, Barangay 5-A, Poblacion on Saturday morning.

Raquel noted that the driver of a Misis Taxi Cab was not properly wearing a seatbelt while the vehicle was in motion.

With this, the enforcer halted the vehicle.

The enforcer then demanded the driver’s license for the issuance of a City Traffic Citation Ticket (CTCT).

But the driver allegedly refused to give his license, prompting the enforcer to ride in the taxi unit and instructed the driver to drive towards CTTMO office for the proper disposition of the case.

When they traversed MacArthur Highway fronting Flying V Gasoline Station in Barangay Matina Crossing at around 9:20 a.m., both of them disembarked from the taxicab as they continued arguing.

But the driver hurriedly boarded the cab and drove away.

Unfortunately, the traffic enforcer was able to hold the front passenger’s door of the taxicab.

With this, Raquel was dragged for about 10 meters, resulting to injuries on both his arms.

Subsequently, the taxi driver fled the crime scene but eventually surrendered to the Talomo Police Precinct.

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