Speedster: Liars’ double trouble

2012-07-09 00:00

A MAN who claimed to be an Olympic swimmer and his father were arrested yesterday in Centurion when they were trapped racing at 188 km/h and 234 km/h in two white Porsche GT3 cars.

Adam Hack (20) and his father David Hack (55) was caught just before 7 am by members of the Gauteng traffic police’s high speed unit on the N1.

Hack senior was ahead and reportedly raced away after his son was caught.

Sister paper Beeld learned that the men told traffic officers the arrest would shipwreck Hack junior’s career as an Olympic swimmer, which led to traffic spokesperson Busaphi Nxumalo stating to the media that an “Olympic swimmer” was arrested.

Nxumalo said the two men said they were on their way to deliver one of the cars to an uncle of Hack junior.

Godfrey Monei, spokesperson for Swim SA, said he knew all the members of the Olympic swimming team, which did not include a Hack.

Nxumalo said if the men supplied the traffic officers with false information, they could also be charged with defeating the ends of justice.

She said it happened often that motorists tried to lie to traffic officers in the hope of winning their sympathy.

The father and son team were arrested for reckless or negligent driving, and alternatively for breaking the speed limit of 120 km/h. They were released on bail of R1 000 each.

Nxumalo said in terms of article 35 of the National Road Traffic Act (Act 93 of 1996) the driver’s licence of a first offender who transgresses the speed limit on the highway by more than 40 km/h could be suspended by six months.

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