Vivek Malik,the 42-year-old doctor,who had rammed his Tata Indigo into another vehicle at Jogeshwari on Friday and also kidnapped a police constable,has now told the police that he was actually trying to win over the cop by sweet talk so he could evade arrest and spare himself the ignominy of a drunk driving case.
According to the Jogeshwari police officers,Malik said in his statement that kidnapping Vasant Devkar was not his motive. They were handed the doctors custody by the Samta Nagar police after he was apprehended on the Western Expressway in Kandivali (east).
In his statement,Malik said when Devkar sat in his car and asked him to drive to the nearest police station,he thought he would be able to convince the constable in private and evade arrest or a fine. Malik said he did not want to get arrested and face embarrassment as he was driving under the influence of alcohol, said N Amugade,senior police inspector of Jogeshwari police station.
Malik further told the police that he did not know that Devkar had signalled another police party to follow them as they crossed Santa Nagar police station on the Western Expressway. The patrolling van that they passed by caught up with them in Kandivali (east), said Amugade.
Amugade said Malik was remanded in police custody for three days. We are awaiting the reports to find out the amount of alcohol in his blood. The statement of Maliks friend Sharmila was also recorded, he said.
The incident took place when Malik,who resides in Andheri,was going to drop a female friend home after dinner. After the accident,patrolling constables from Jogeshwari police station stopped the accused. As Malik was in an inebriated state,Devkar got into the car and sat on the rear seat,asking him to drive towards the police station. However,instead of stopping at the police station,Malik drove straight on the highway.
When I got in the car,a drunk Malik began telling me about his contacts. I asked him to stop but he began speeding. When I saw the patrolling team of Samta Nagar,I immediately signalled them to follow us, said Devkar.
A wireless message was sent to Samta Nagar and other police stations in the northern area. The Samta Nagar police immediately sent a team of six to seven policemen to perform the motor vehicle seizure procedure at Bandongri area in Kandivali (east).