Police general dodged blood test, court told

2012-02-22 00:00

A POLICE major-general appeared briefly in the Pietermaritzburg Magistrate’s Court yesterday on charges of driving under the influence of alcohol and escaping from custody.

Major-General Bethuel M. Zuma (41), believed to be attached to the SA Police Service protection and security services in Pretoria, also faces a charge of failing to stop when ordered to do so by a traffic officer.

His alleged escape from custody led to yet another charge — defeating the administration of justice — because his actions allegedly prevented police from taking a blood alcohol sample from him within two hours.

He was not asked to plead and his case was postponed to March 9.

Zuma’s drunken driving charge involves his allegedly having been drunk behind the wheel of a Mercedes Vito in Alexandra Road, Pietermaritzburg, on December 19, 2008.

The Witness has learned that the officer was brought to court yesterday in response to a summons issued in January this year.

The newspaper established that the allegations against him arose from an incident in which he allegedly evaded a police roadblock and sought refuge in a house in the Bisley area.

When he was confronted a breathalyser test was allegedly carried out, and he was placed under arrest.

He allegedly escaped by “pushing” aside the arresting officer and locked himself into the house for two hours, preventing a blood sample being taken.

— Witness Reporter.

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