High-speed chase ends in arrest

2015-09-22 06:00

A motorist will appear in an Athlone court after being involved in a high-speed chase with the City of Cape Town’s Ghost Squad after trying to flee an accident scene in Klipfontein Road.

The driver of a Toyota Cressida hit a female pedestrian on the corner of Klipfontein and Hazel roads just before 22:00 on Saturday.

The motorist then sped off in the direction of Gugulethu, with patrolling Ghost Squad members following in hot pursuit. The Cressida then came to a halt after crashing into another motor vehicle in Crossroads. The suspect attempted to flee on foot, but was eventually caught by law enforcement officers who caught up with him. He was taken to the Athlone Police Station and will appear in court on charges of reckless and negligent driving and fleeing the scene of an accident.

In another incident which took place over the weekend, three people were arrested for reckless and negligent driving after the Ghost Squad responded to complaints of illegal street racing in Mitchell’s Plain. Two others were arrested for drunk driving – one of whom refused to stop, leading officers on a chase which eventually ended in Philippi. He was found to be four times over the legal blood-alcohol limit.

“In both cases, these motorists are facing charges additional to those that put them on our radar in the first place. The lesson here is to just pull over and take responsibility for your actions,” said JP Smith, Mayco member for safety and security.

On Sunday, the City’s traffic service arrested 25 motorists for drunk driving at a roadblock in Mitchell’s Plain, and issued 2 272 fines.

Metro Police netted a further 26 drunk drivers – 10 of them caught at two checkpoints in Hout Bay on Saturday. Eleven suspects were also arrested for drug-related offences at various locations across the city.

Meanwhile, the Metro Police Camera Response Unit arrested a 19-year-old thief on Friday. The suspect was caught on camera during a smash-and-grab incident on the corner of Jakes Gerwel and Washington drives in Langa. CCTV operators led the camera response unit to the suspect’s location, but when confronted by the officers, he allegedly tried to stab one of them – prompting the second officer to fire a shot, wounding the supsect in the thigh.

He received medical treatment, after which he was arrested on charges of possession of stolen goods, possession of a dangerous weapon, common assault and resisting arrest. The victim also added a charge of theft out of motor vehicle. Officers managed to recover the victim’s handbag and all its contents, including more than R600 in cash.

“This incident had a happy ending for the motorist in question because we managed to retrieve all her belongings. However, I want to renew my call to motorists to please store valuables like handbags, laptops and cellphones in the boot while driving, to keep doors and windows locked at all times, and to be wary of people loitering at intersections. Keep an eye on your surroundings instead of your cellphone – not only is it illegal to use it while you’re behind the wheel, but it also makes you more vulnerable to potential criminals,” added Smith.

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