Former Ghana international John Paintsil is behind bars for allegedly hitting an eye of the East Legon District Police Commander, DSP Emmanuel Basintale.
The spokesperson of the Greater Accra regional police command ASP Effia Tenge has confirmed the news.
According to her, the former guardsman of Hapoel and Maccabi Tel Aviv resisted arrest Tuesday after failing to cooperate with the police in a case involving his wife.
The 34-year-old was put in cells around 5pm Tuesday. ASP Tenge said Paintsil had been invited to the police station after his wife filed a complaint that he had stolen her car.
“When both parties were invited by the police for interrogation, we realised John Paintsil was not ready to cooperate and in the course of interrogation became very furious and decided to leave the meeting,” ASP Tenge told Accra-based Tv3.
“It was at this point that the District Commander instructed that he should be arrested and a statement taken from him. Because he was not satisfied with that he assaulted the district commander. He hit him in the right eye and also pushed the investigator. So it took some few police personnel to get him arrested,” the PRO added.
She said the commander is receiving treatment while investigations continue.
Paintsil’s marriage has hit the rocks over the years, and it will be recalled that in 2013, he was arrested for allegedly stabbing his wife – Richlove – over domestic altercation.