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Jakarta Post

Police investigate woman for overtaking presidential motorcade

  • News Desk

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, October 9, 2018   /   11:54 am
Police investigate woman for overtaking presidential motorcade A convoy transporting the President passes along a Jakarta road in this undated photograph. (Via )

The East Jakarta Police have opened an investigation into a woman who allegedly overtook the presidential motorcade along the Jagorawi toll road last month, naming her as a suspect in the traffic violation case

East Jakarta Police traffic unit head Adj. Comr. Agus Suparyanto confirmed that the woman, Anisa Dwi, had been named as a suspect for an alleged violation of the Traffic Law.

“The suspect has not been detained, but she is required to report [to police],” Agus told on Monday, adding that regardless, the police had opened an investigation into the incident.

Anisa reportedly overtook the President's convoy as it was traveling on the toll road on Sept. 24. She said that she was unaware that the convoy was escorting President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo, and that she became confused when a traffic police officer tried to approach her vehicle, and that she panicked and "inadvertently"  bumped the officer.

Anisa was accused of violating three traffic regulations during the incident: overtaking the presidential motorcade, evading the law and vehicular assault on a police officer. She could face one year and three months in prison for the vehicular assault charge, said Agus.

The police were currently questioning several witnesses. Police also planned to question experts on the effects of benzodiazepine, a sedative, which was found in the suspect's blood.

“We will ask experts about the effects of benzodiazepine on the driver’s behavior,” he said.

At the time the incident occurred, Anisa was driving with a friend, Tania Mailianda Nurlitasari. who has subsequently become a witness in the case.