Luxury SUV crashes into garden wall

2014-03-25 00:00

A SUSPECTED intoxicated motorist drove his expensive luxury vehicle into the concrete perimeter wall of a Pieter­maritzburg home, and then jumped out and fled, leaving the vehicle and his passenger to face the music.

The car, a grey Jeep 5,7 limited edition, rammed through the garden wall of a home in New England Road in Scottsville in the early hours of Saturday morning. It took down the concrete wall, the water meter, and the lamp-post.

But by the time the police arrived, the driver was nowhere to be seen. Only the passenger, who was allegedly pulled out of the car by a passer-by, remained at the scene.

The car, with a Cape Town registration plate, is registered under a consulting company, with offices in Cape Town.

There was suspicion that the pair may have been abusing drugs at the time as a white substance was found in the car and in the passenger’s mouth.

A source who was aware of the circumstances of the accident said of the driver, “He is [a] known [person]; he left his car behind. Where is he going to go?”

Police spokesperson Thulani Zwane said the owner of the house was woken up by the collision outside his premises.

He found the SUV had collided with his perimeter wall and immediately contacted the police.

Zwane said a 42-year-old adult male was found lying on the ground outside the vehicle.

The owner of the property, who asked not to be identified, said, “It was a loud bang, then there was a lot of smoke and water.”

He said the damage caused to his wall alone could cost R15 000.

“There was a big impact; there were some concrete slabs that landed close to the house.”

However, he was full of praise for Msunduzi Municipality.

“The municipality was very good. They fixed the water meter the same day and disconnected the lamp-post so it would be safe.

“The municipality security was also there, and they even came back the following day.”

Zwane said a case of possession of an alleged illegal substance will be forwarded to the Senior Public Prosecutor at the Pietermaritzburg Magistrate’s Court for a decision

“A white substance was found inside his [the passenger’s] mouth and a parcel of white powder was also found inside the vehicle, believed to be cocaine.”

The passenger was not arrested while the police are still looking for the driver.

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