Dozy driver in pump bust

Po­lice find drugs in man’s car

7 Days in Dubai - - NEWS - By Ali Al Shouk @alial­shouk

A drugged-up stu­dent was busted af­ter he fell asleep at a petrol sta­tion while his car was be­ing filled up, Dubai Court of First In­stance was told.

A pump at­ten­dant no­ticed the 29-year-old Emi­rati had dozed off and tried to wake him but couldn’t, so he called Dubai Po­lice.

When po­lice ar­rived, they searched for the man’s keys to move the car - and found 535g of hashish and 48 cap­sules of other drugs, as well as two knives, a stun gun and a glass pipe used to smoke hash, the court heard.

The in­ci­dent hap­pened on March 21 at an ENOC petrol sta­tion in Ras Al Khor, ac­cord­ing to court pa­pers, when the de­fen­dant pulled up in a blue Lexus.

“He reached the pump and asked for fuel, then he fell asleep and the worker tried to wake him up be­fore call­ing for help,” a po­lice­man said in court records. “When I ar­rived he was al­ready in a po­lice pa­trol car and he was sleep­ing again.

“When I spoke with him he opened his eyes then fell asleep again.”

The of­fi­cer said they de­cided to push the man’s car into a park­ing spot but couldn’t find the keys.

“We were search­ing for his keys when we found 535 grams of hashish and 48 drugs cap­sules in his car,” he said. “We also found two knives, a stun gun and a glass pipe.”

The court heard the Emi­rati was ar­rested, although he fell asleep again as he was be­ing driven to the po­lice sta­tion. He is also ac­cused of giv­ing his brother’s name to the of­fi­cer when ques­tioned. Po­lice be­lieve this is be­cause the de­fen­dant has a drug record. A med­i­cal test showed he had con­sumed hashish and al­co­hol. The Emi­rati de­nies charges of pos­sess­ing and con­sum­ing drugs, con­sum­ing al­co­hol and im­per­son­ation. He claims that Dubai Po­lice as­saulted him to get a con­fes­sion.

“I don’t know any­thing about the hashish. The medicine was pre­scribed to me by doc­tors,” he told the court yes­ter­day. “Po­lice­men beat me up to make me con­fess. They even broke my arm.”

Pre­sid­ing Judge Fa­had Al Shamsi ad­journed the case to next month.

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