'Drunk' man crashes car into house

2013-07-08 00:00

“THANK God my grandson was not ­playing outside when this accident ­happened,” said distraught but relieved Woodlands resident Mandy ­Benecke.

Benecke’s reaction follows an accident on Saturday morning when a VW Polo, ­allegedly belonging to an off-duty police officer, lost control and crashed into her concrete perimeter wall, crashing into a parked car inside the yard and then coming to rest by the house wall.

Benecke said she and her daughter had just returned home, and she was about to take a bath.

“Minutes after returning we heard a loud bang, but there was no screeching sound before the bang,” she said.

She said there were four occupants in the car and that they were drunk.

“The driver and passenger were hurt, but the other two did not seem to be hurt. They started off-loading a lot of alcohol and luggage from their car,” she said.

The driver, who she said she was told was a police officer, apologised and ­promised to take full responsibility for the situation.

“I told him [ the driver] not to leave until the police and ambulance arrived, but he left without notifying me and they were rushed to Midlands Hospital by a private car,” said Benecke.

Off-duty warrant officer Frank Uys, from Mountain Rise police station, said he was on his way to the Ghost Town area when he saw the accident.

“I decided to stop my car. Then I phoned police radio control and an ambulance,” he said.

“A couple of minutes later, a crowd started to gather around the scene. All of them were drunk.

“I’m told [the driver’s] service pistol was falling off and he did not even identify himself as a policeman.”

Police provincial spokesperson Vincent Mdunge said a case of reckless and negligent driving would be investigated.

He wouldn’t comment on allegations that the driver was a police officer, but said if a state vehicle was involved, there would be an internal investigation.

However, if it was the driver’s own car, then the matter would be left to the courts.

• thobani.ngqulunga@witness.co.za

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