Neasden man denies attempting to murder policeman, kidnap, drugs and guns offences
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A man from Neasden accused of shooting at a policeman at the end of a 100 mph car chase has denied it was him while giving evidence.
David Rhoden, 28, of Flowers Close, is claimed to have fired three times at PC Chris Kouwenberg in Edgware on November 16 last year.
Clayton McKenzie, from High Street, Harlesden, is accused of being the man behind the wheel.
St Alban’s Crown Court heard the chase began in Brickett Wood, Hertfordshire, when PC Kouwenberg and a colleague discovered the car the pair are claimed to have been travelling did not have an MOT certificate.
The police put on their blue flashing lights, but the car failed to stop and travelled south on the M1, passing Watford at up to 100 mph. It left the motorway at the junction with the A41, being abandoned in Edgware.
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PC Kouwenberg earlier told the court that he was fired at while chasing the front seat passenger through gardens.
Rhoden and McKenzie are also suspected of being involved in the kidnapping of Adriatik Berisha.
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Rhoden was asked by his barrister David Bentley QC if he had been in the car, ran off, brandished handguns and fire shots to escape. He replied: “No.”
Mr Bentley said: “Were you one of the kidnappers?” He said: “No I didn’t have any involvement in any kidnapping.”
He denied having any firearms and denied causing the Kosovan man actual bodily harm.
The barrister said: “Were you in possession of any drugs?” He replied: “I don’t have nothing to do with any drugs.”
Mr Bentley said: “The prosecution say you were attempting to kill a police officer who was chasing you.”
Rhoden said: “No - it wasn’t me being chased.”
He said that in the past he had travelled in McKenzie’s car as he was the partner of his wife’s sister.
Prosecutor Michael Speak said that when the police searched the area where the car was abandoned they found the two guns as well 124 grams of cocaine with a high purity value of 63 percent giving it a street value of £63,000.
Both Rhoden and McKenzie plead not guilty to kidnap, carrying a firearm with criminal intent, possessing a Class a drug with intent, possessing a firearm at the time of committing an offence and assaulting Mr Berisha occasioning him actual bodily harm.
Rhoden alone pleads not guilty to attempting to murder PC Kouwenberg, making use of a firearm with intent to resist arrest and possessing a firearm with intent to endanger life.
The trial continues.