MANILA, Philippines — The Quezon City Police District (QCPD) is investigating the escape of a hit-and-run suspect from its headquarters at Camp Karingal last Thursday.
QCPD director Chief Superintendent Guillermo Eleazar said yesterday he has ordered an investigation into the case of tricycle driver Ariel Pendon, 19, who escaped from the Traffic Sector 3 office at the police camp.
Eleazar relieved and placed under restrictive custody a police officer tasked to guard Pendon.
“We are conducting an investigation to determine what sanctions can be imposed,” he said in a phone interview.
Pendon was driving a tricycle when he hit a woman along Anonas street in Barangay Quirino 2-A at past 4 a.m. Wednesday. The incident was caught by a surveillance camera. He was apprehended the same day in Barangay E. Rodriguez.
Meanwhile, the victim is recuperating in an undisclosed hospital.
Eleazar explained the suspect was not detained as he initially introduced himself as a 17-year-old. Police officers were readying charges of reckless imprudence resulting in physical injury and driving without a license against him.
He escaped at past 6 a.m. the following day when most of the police officers at Traffic Sector 3 attended a physical fitness test. He told the police officer on duty he will just use the restroom but did not return.
It was later that day when police obtained his birth certificate, which stated he was an adult.
Police charged the suspect before the city prosecutor’s office. He remains at large.