Erdi Dabi, the deputy regent of Yalimo, Papua, is suspected of killing policewoman Chief. Brig. Christin Meisye Batfeny in a car crash.
The accident occurred Wednesday in the South Jayapura district of Jayapura, Papua, at around 7:30 a.m.
Police suspected that the deputy mayor was driving under the influence of alcohol, adding that the suspect was not carrying his driver’s license or vehicle registration at the time.
“Our provisional conclusion is that the [...] driver was not careful and was driving under the influence of alcohol,” Jayapura Police chief Adj. Sr. Comr. Gustav Urbinas told kompas.com on Wednesday.
According to reports, Erdi, along with one passenger, was driving at high speed toward the Entrop area of South Jayapura when he lost control of his car and swerved to the right lane.
He then crashed into Christin, who was riding a motorcycle from the opposite direction. Gustav said the incident was recorded by a CCTV camera.
“Due to the car crash, Christin suffered serious impact to the back of her neck, which resulted in her death and her right knee was torn and fractured,” Gustav said.
He added that Erdi and the passenger in his car were undergoing a medical check-up at Jayapura Regional General Hospital to determine their blood alcohol level.
Erdi was elected in 2017 as the deputy to Regent Lakius Peyon, with both expected to serve until 2020. Erdi, however, was set to run for the regency’s top office in December’s simultaneous regional elections.
National Police chief Gen. Idham Azis signed a telegram in August to suspend all criminal investigations in cases implicating potential or registered candidates for regional elections. (mfp)