Tonight, the Police Commissioner is being accused of fabricating a story to cover up a possible hiccup by the Belize Police Department. Earlier this week we told you of the ambulance belonging to Southern Emergency Services that was stopped at a checkpoint in Hattieville, Belize District. The Police Commissioner Chester Williams has since gone on record to say that the officers were acting on intel that drugs were being transported in an ambulance. In his statement, the Police Commissioner has noted that the ambulance driver was reckless, almost hitting his officers. The driver of the ambulance has come forward to say that the Police Commisisoner is lying. Blaine Caliz who has been employed as an ambulance driver for about two months now came to our studio to tell his side of the story. He started with what transpired along the highway at the checkpoints.
Blaine Caliz, Ambulance Driver: “Upon the stretch, the double hill, on top of the first one I saw a car in front of me and I saw the checkpoint ahead in front of that car so I turned on my siren. When we were nearing the checkpoint there was an officer standing there he was not uniformed, he didn’t have his head dress on. He waved the car through and after the car passed he put his hand up for me to stop so I did. When I stopped there, put down my window the officer asked me where I was headed. I told him I have a patient in the back and I’m going to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital. Then he looked inside, he saw the patient, he asked me “Why did you just turn your siren on?” So I explained to him I only use my siren when there’s traffic I saw car in front near the checkpoint and I needed you to clear my way.” His response to me was “Turn your siren off.” I was taken aback, I was about to answer but at that same point my medic instructed me that we needed to go. The officer didn’t ask me anymore questions so I departed. We left the first checkpoint and continued my journey. Coming outside Belmopan around the corner near the air strip going toward Art Box there was a second checkpoint. I believe upon hearing or seeing the ambulance these officers got up from under the tent and they walked toward the checkpoint. Three officers were there properly uniformed two of them stopped on the side of the road and a female officer crossed to where the cones were. Upon this time I was nearly up to the car that was in front of me at the first checkpoint. So she was waving her hand, the first car passed through so I followed right behind.”
Caliz then stated what occurred at the second checkpoint in Hattieville. He says that he believes that a story was falsified.
Blaine Caliz, Ambulance Driver: “Coming around the curve I see a lot of traffic so I was about to put on my siren but when I noticed a bright red pick up truck in the road, the traffic they are off to the side and then it dawned on me that these officers with the guns were trained at me. So I creeped in slowly, parked, the instruction was to get out. This seemed strange so I told my medic video. I got out my ambulance on the request or instruction of the officer, they told me to open the back. Now with all these guns I’ve never looked at a gun before trained at me and under duress I did so. He looked inside, my medic stepped in front of the patient and told him that we have a patient inside, he looked in, saw. He instructed Broaster to go and move the truck which he did and they allowed us to keep on our way. At this time we’re all traumatized in the ambulance, still dumbfounded as to what had just occurred but we continued our journey because our job is to save this patient’s life and that is what we were doing. The COMPOL himself said in his statement that the officer stopped me at the first checkpoint but in the end of his statement he also said that I didn’t stop at any checkpoint. That officer needs to come forward and tell the truth because the public deserves to know the truth. There was many ways that they could have handled the situation. Like I said the first checkpoint that we came up to there was a car in front of us. If that officer wanted me to stop and search he could have held that car for as long as he wanted. He could have come and checked my van or if there was another officer there he could have instructed that officer to come and check the ambulance. A lot of people saying that they could have followed the ambulance all the way to the hospital and then check it there but this whole story and I will go on record as saying this was fabricated.”
Caliz said there were other parts of the story that were fabricated, including that he had been seen sweating nervously at the first checkpoint and that he had been travelling 100 miles per hour. He also stated that this was the first time that he had ever been stopped at a police checkpoint. Caliz was transporting a female patient from her home in Mango Creek to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital. Love News understands that the owner of the ambulance service was to meet with Police Commissioner on the issue but we are yet to get an update from that meeting.