A man has been charged with reckless driving and endangering the lives of other road users after a video of him speeding down Thika Road with a screaming female passenger went viral on Sunday morning.
Speak with The standard, Kasarani OCPD Peter Mwanzo said James Maina Kibe, 26, was arrested, fined Sh70,000 and the car, registration number KBJ 835Z, was arrested.
According to the National Police Service (NPS), the woman, Karen Wanjiru, a medical student at Kenyatta University, was not abducted as previously claimed.
“It has since been established that the incident involved a couple (boyfriend and girlfriend) having a disagreement after a social outing around town. The lady wanted to get out and go home while the boyfriend insisted on spending the evening together.
“During the scuffle, a member of the public took the clip that was circulating online,” the National Police said in a statement.
In video captured by another car moving on the freeway, the white Probox can be seen with the passenger door open and a woman screaming for help.
Sources who witnessed the incident claimed Wanjiru was botched into the probox outside of Kenyatta University.
“Guys, things are getting messy! A certain lady got into a car at KU; no one is sure if it was a kidnapping or not. The driver noticed someone was recording it and he switched from the Autobahn to the Service lane… As reported, it doesn’t look so good, please share the video, we might save the lady,” claimed Wilson’s Derangle Ndirangu, who first shared the video on Facebook.
Sources at Ruiru Police Station who spoke to him The standard On Sunday afternoon, however, it was indicated that the woman had been offered a ride.
“The woman was offered a ride and then the driver and his crew became criminals. There is no official complaint other than this one. The woman’s whereabouts are unknown,” the source said on Sunday.
When The standard When he contacted Ruiru DCIO Justus Ombati to follow up on the incident which had left Kenyans with more questions than answers, he replied: “Kenyatta University is not in Ruiru, it is in Nairobi. Please contact Kasarani DCI” before hanging up.
According to a source familiar with the case, “Police spokesman Bruno Shioso said the woman, who was captured screaming from the speeding car with the passenger door open along Thika Road, refused to spend the night at her boyfriend’s house. ”
Almost two weeks ago, the DCI arrested four suspects in Kahawa Wendani, Kiambu, following a series of kidnappings of travelers on the Thika Superhighway.
The four were arrested after an operation by Ruiru officers while luring another victim, according to a Criminal Investigation Department statement.
“Josephine Njambi, Nicholas Mungai, Joel Kinyanjui and Edwin Njuguna were arrested in the dramatic incident that brought the Wendani community to a standstill, if only for a few minutes,” the DCI said in a statement.