Features — 04 January 2013 — by Rochelle Gillett

Castillo, a corporal of police, challenged an Assistant Superintendent of Police

Cpl. Edward Castillo, 33, attached to Patrol Branch, today found himself on the other side of the law when he was read charges in the #4 Magistrate’s Court.

Cpl. Castillo was charged with obstruction, driving a motor vehicle without third-party insurance and with rescuing a person for cause other than a crime.

According to the police report, at 6:30 p.m. ASP Anthony Rosado and other officers were on routine patrol around Central American Boulevard. As they approached the roundabout by Cemetery Road, they saw a blue SUV suddenly stop, which seemed suspicious to the ASP.

As he approached the vehicle, he noticed there were five persons occupying it, one of whom was Cpl. Castillo. ASP Rosado asked the driver to present his license and identify himself, and he was told that an inspection would be done on the vehicle. He proceeded to check the license and insurance of the vehicle, and discovered that the insurance had expired on December 24, 2012.

According to the report, the driver was identified as Lloyd Dyer, and he was informed of the offense.

But as the ASP was about to escort Dyer to the police mobile unit, Cpl. Castillo asserted himself and told the ASP that “Nobody wah tek my vehicle!” He then exited the vehicle and got into the driver’s seat.

While the ASP’s hand was still on the driver side door, Dyer jumped into the front passenger seat and Cpl. Castillo sped off.

He was eventually detained and charged for the abovementioned offenses, but, luckily for him, he was offered and met police bail, which allowed for him to leave the “piss house” and not spend the night there locked up.

When he appeared in court this morning, he pleaded not guilty to all the charges and was offered bail of $1,000 and one surety of the same amount, which he was able to meet by noon today. He is to return to court on February 12, 2013.

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