Naked man makes a dash after crash

2014-11-04 00:00

A NAKED, disorientated man made a dash down a busy Pinetown street after crashing his car into a gearbox repair centre.

The 26-year-old drove a 1990s Mercedes C Class at high speed into Transaxle Gearbox and Diff Specialists shop floor before jumping out of the car and sprinting down Otto Volek Street yesterday afternoon.

Shop manager Wayne Westermeyer said he “couldn’t believe” what he saw.

“He came through the shop entrance at full throttle. The police had been following him after he skipped a red robot earlier. Once he crashed, he made a run for it,” said Westermeyer.

Police gave chase and arrested the man.

Westermeyer said the suspect “was finished” and “didn’t even know what day it was”.

“There was nothing in the car except his driver’s licence; not even shoes. I asked him if he was on drugs and he said not for a week. He said he was having withdrawal symptoms.”

He crashed into a high lift jack, knocking off a double cab, and hit another vehicle nearby.

“Just moments earlier two of my employees had been working in that same area. He could have killed them,” he said. No one was injured in the incident.

The man was taken into custody at the Pinetown Police Station and is expected to appear in the Pinetown Magistrate’s Court today.

• jonathan.erasmus@witness.co.za

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