Fleeing drunk driver kills motorist

2013-01-26 22:17
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Johannesburg - A drunk driver fleeing the police rammed into a car and killed the driver in the early hours of Saturday morning in Wadeville, south eastern Johannesburg, said Ekuhurleni metro police.

The 24-year-old man fled the scene on foot but was captured by members of the community.

He sustained slight injuries, said Inspector Kobeli Mokheseng.

The 58-year-old man who was driving the car which was rammed into, was certified dead at the scene.

A male passenger, 32, sustained serious injuries and was taken to Natalspruit Hospital.

Metro police officers from the Katlehong precinct responded to a complaint around 06:00 of a Ford Sierra spinning its wheels on the tarmac at the corner of Matsose and Masakhane streets.

"Upon arrival, the driver failed to stop as instructed and a chase ensued," Mokheseng said.

The driver was not in possession of a driver's license and has been charged with reckless and negligent driving, culpable homicide and driving under the influence of alcohol.

He was also charged with malicious damage to municipal property as after being handcuffed and placed in the back seat, he kicked and damaged the windows of a patrol vehicle, said Mokheseng.

The man was taken to the Elsburg police station and will appear in the Germiston Magistrate's Court soon.

- SAPA
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