Oops: Cops grab four by mistake

2011-10-27 00:00

FOUR men were followed, stopped, ordered out of their vehicle and forced to lie on the road by the Pietermaritzburg police dog unit after Chase Valley resident gave a description of their vehicle to the police, following the activation of two vehicle alarms in the area yesterday.

A police source said when the alarms of the two cars were activated, a resident informed the police he had seen a red Golf leaving the area.

Police spotted and followed a red Golf. They blocked the road on the corner of Chatterton and Armitage roads near the Caltex filling station and ordered the four occupants out.

They were made to lie on the road and their hands were cuffed behind their backs with cable ties.

Back at Chase Valley, police found no damage to the cars in which the alarms went off, and police released the co-operative men without making any charges, said the source.

Onlookers at the scene told The Witness the almost placid arrest presented a strange sight. “There was no car chase, as the Golf was not driving at a high speed. The police vehicle was following behind.

“At that set of robots I just saw the police vehicle obstructing the vehicle and the police got out and forced the occupants to the ground. I saw no resistance from the men so the whole scene was a bit weird for someone who watched the event unfolding,” said a man who was at the Caltex garage when the incident happened.

Pietermaritzburg police spokesperson Lieutenant Joey Jeevan said the police could not comment as there were no charges levelled against the men.

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