Motorist 32 times over alcohol limit

2010-12-23 22:40

East London - A drunk motorist was arrested near Queenstown in the Eastern Cape after allegedly being found to be 32 times over the alcohol limit, the department of transport said on Thursday.

The motorist was driving a Mercedes-Benz Vito at about 23:00 on Wednesday when he was stopped by police.

Blood tests were conducted on him and he was found to have an alcohol content of 1.6g/100ml.

This is 32 times over the limit of 0.05g/100ml.

Five boys and a woman, who were also in the vehicle with 15 sheep allegedly stolen from nearby farms, were also arrested.

  • Ryan du Toit - 2010-12-23 22:47

    The seriousness of the drunk driving aspect out of the way.... 15 sheep in the car, Legend.

      Lisa - 2010-12-23 23:41

      I totally agree Ryan!!! And the way it is written ... the 15 sheep were also arrested hahahahaha (Also big NO to the drunk driving)

      Ixian - 2010-12-24 05:12

      @Lisa - Read it again girl, the sheep were not "arrested" they where just with the five boys and a woman.

      jmokgotlhoa - 2010-12-24 06:17

      No Ixian. They were also arrested. Read it again.

      burtfred - 2010-12-24 07:09

      @jmokgotlhoa No sir, you are wrong. Read the sentence again. The sheep were not arrested.

      Carol - 2010-12-24 07:35

      lxian is correct, the sheep were not arrested. read again.

      Bren - 2010-12-24 07:40

      I Quote "with 15 sheep allegedly stolen from nearby farms, were also arrested." LEGEND

      SiphovdMerwe - 2010-12-24 07:40

      the sheep were not arrested. check the punctuation

      Henno Kotzé - 2010-12-24 07:40

      Jeez some of you guys are seriously lacking in a sense of humour. Obviously, the sheep were arrested, no matter how many times you read it.

      TerryF - 2010-12-24 07:45

      Huh... Did 15 Sheep steel 5 Boys and a Woman??

      burtfred - 2010-12-24 07:55

      The sheep were not arrested - they were reunited with their loved ones.

      Oooppss - 2010-12-24 07:56

      WOW!!!! Can you imagine what will happen if those sheep get released on bail.

      Mandla - 2010-12-24 08:03

      The sheep were arrested. I am sure all those sheep will ask for bail. I wonder how they hand-cuffed them, or should I say leg-cuffed them.

      pcnaude - 2010-12-24 08:20

      Those sheep can be glad this was not some prison Down Under . . .

      burtfred - 2010-12-24 08:32

      No Mandla, they didn't leg-cuff them, they shank-cuffed them.

      Ederik - 2010-12-24 08:46

      Bail? 1 Bale of hay each?

      Oooppss - 2010-12-24 08:54

      @shawntx10...DUH!!!! Live a little...

      K-9-Commando - 2010-12-24 10:08

      The sheep was obviously not arressted, it just sound funny guys, loosen up, laugh a little

      Thangy - 2010-12-24 10:12

      @shawntx10 rule #17: Enjoy the little things

      stephanjvv - 2010-12-24 11:16

      Personally, I think it was a plot by the sheep to put a drunken man behind the steering wheel so they won't be suspected of kidnapping the woman and 5 boys. Which was brilliant, they weren't arrested but the driver and passengers were. Their plan worked out fine.

      Mandla - 2010-12-24 11:24

      There is a huge backlog in our courts, now there is 15 sheep waiting to stand trial???? I hope those sheep get a good laywer as our jails are over crowded, like really.

      gina.whisnant - 2010-12-24 19:24

      15 HOT (ie Stolen) sheep...

      Picasso - 2010-12-26 07:51

      At least the inmates will have sheep to count before going to sleep.

      Etienne - 2010-12-26 09:08

      I say, give that man a bells!

      jwill - 2010-12-27 08:14

      Why would the Eastern Cape man allegedly steal 15 Ausies???

      kide504 - 2011-01-10 12:02 guys just made my, i have never laughed this much on a monday

  • yadevharigen - 2010-12-23 22:49

    I hope the sheep are alright

      obie.oberholster - 2010-12-24 11:27

      The sheep won't be alright... In SA the sheep follows the left... me thinks.

      ian.teall - 2010-12-24 12:41

      Those sheep were witnesses in the crime, so they will be taken to a place of safety where they will be eaten by members of the Crime Protection Unit and state prosecutors who will then declare a mistrial due to lack of evidence

      Picasso - 2010-12-26 08:03

      ian.teall, you're a real chop...

  • Ryan du Toit - 2010-12-23 22:49

    The seriousness of the drunk driving out the way... 15 sheep found in the car, Legend

      iambradlee - 2010-12-24 12:03

      Clearly you are not a sheep farmer! That theft has just spoilt some hard-working farmers christmas....idiot

      Picasso - 2010-12-26 08:04

      And clearly you've got no sence of humor...idiot

  • freeflyshannon - 2010-12-23 22:52

    HAHA! Classic! Hope the sheep get bail....

      rodneykdc - 2010-12-24 05:35

      A "bail of grass" each

      freeflyshannon - 2010-12-24 12:21

      HAHA! :-))) I can't believe people are actually fighting about the sheep getting arrested. Obviously sheep can't be arrested and the confusion comes from sub-standard journalism. Still funny though :-)

  • freeflyshannon - 2010-12-23 23:00

    HAHA Classic! Hope the sheep get bail...

  • Nico - 2010-12-23 23:04

    Why is everybody repeating repeating their comments??

      AJ - 2010-12-24 05:23

      I have no idea, so irritating.

      AJ - 2010-12-24 05:23

      I have no idea, so irritating.

      rodneykdc - 2010-12-24 05:33

      I have no idea,so irritating

      baas-julius - 2010-12-24 06:42

      I have no idea,so irritating

      baas-julius - 2010-12-24 06:42

      I have no idea, so irritating.

      SiphovdMerwe - 2010-12-24 07:40

      I have no idea, so irritating

      SiphovdMerwe - 2010-12-24 07:40

      I have no idea, so irritating

      Matt - 2010-12-24 07:47

      I have no idea, so irritating.

      Made_In_SA - 2010-12-24 08:33

      I have no idea, so irritating.

      Made_In_SA - 2010-12-24 08:33

      I have no idea, so irritating.

      kevin.vanblerk - 2010-12-24 08:49

      I have no idea, so irritating.

      kevin.vanblerk - 2010-12-24 08:49

      I have no idea, so irritating.

      jarrydsmith1 - 2010-12-24 09:15

      I have no idea, so irritating.

      EtuSkobbejak - 2010-12-24 09:35

      I have no idea, so irritating.

      THH - 2010-12-24 09:36

      I have no idea, so irritating

      Gerrit - 2010-12-24 09:41

      I have no idea, so irritating. Bahaaahhaa

      milestonemoss - 2010-12-24 11:04

      I have no idea, so irritating.

      Mandla - 2010-12-24 11:27

      I have no idea, so irritating.

      burtfred - 2010-12-24 11:41

      I've told you guys a million times now - stop repeating yourselves.

      rudebear - 2010-12-26 20:54

      ba haa. ba haa

      Kaaiman - 2011-01-10 00:43

      I have no idea, so irritating.

      mogirl4 - 2011-01-10 08:00

      I have no idea, so irritating.

  • Colourblind - 2010-12-23 23:11

    This is hilarious! Glad this moron is off our roads though. Can you imagine the cops' faces!? 15 sheep! Bwwwahahahahahaha!

      Made_In_SA - 2010-12-24 08:34

      if this was in oz the guy would have been charged with pologamy!!

      Wes - 2010-12-24 10:19

      I wonder how they counted to 15 when the chops have only 10 fingers

      Picasso - 2010-12-26 08:06

      Yes, but he is 32 times over the limit, so he had three pair of hands to count on.

  • Jim - 2010-12-23 23:13

    Only in SA

  • lmduplessis - 2010-12-23 23:25

    Holy Crap-on-a-cracker! 32 times? How is this guy still alive?

  • Coop - 2010-12-23 23:26

    Did I read the last sentence correctly? They arrested the 15 sheep too?

      Francois - 2010-12-24 00:09

      That is what I am also reading. The 15 sheep part should have not been part of the sentence.

      Passive - 2010-12-24 00:48

      If you read english correctly and observe the comma's, then only the people were arrested.Strange how people are quick to crit when they themselves do not observe the punctuation in the English language.

      Zinki - 2010-12-24 06:05

      Yes, it's all in the commas.

      Bren - 2010-12-24 07:44

      @ Passive, stop being a do gooder know it all it is a little fun we all know the sheep didn't get arrested and we are aware of the commas, but have a little fun in your life.

      StJohn - 2010-12-24 08:19

      No the sheep were not arrestd, check the punctuation, ie, the commas! To make it simple, substitute commas with (), ie, Five boys and a woman (who were also in the vehicle with 15 sheep allegedly stolen from nearby farms) were also arrested. Jeez guys - did you not learn anthing at school?

      Radrodent - 2010-12-24 08:47

      Hey Passive, the word commas should not have an apostrophe. Also, how about a space after the word arrested. What's with the word crit? Don't give English lessons if you are not qualified you moron. Shoot yourself in the head and get it over with.

      kevin.vanblerk - 2010-12-24 08:50

      No, I am sure it says the sheep were also arrested

      Ingwe - 2010-12-24 09:37

      Jeez StJohn did you not learn anything at school? It should be i.e. not ie, Just a joke.

      Kenko - 2010-12-24 09:57

      Be practical. The sheep could not be set free, so they ended up in custody. See the humour here. This morning the driver has moerse babelas, the human passengers are very sorry and the sheep are very grateful. By law, sheep should be marked and if the police doesn't feast on them, they should be returned to their owners. Each should get a "Get out of jail free" card next to their ear tags.

      Coop - 2010-12-24 10:13

      Geez guys, I was just having fun. Whichever way you place the commas you will find that the sentence in question is very poorly constructed. Lighten up!

      stephanjvv - 2010-12-24 11:18

      Personally, I think it was a plot by the sheep to put a drunken man behind the steering wheel so they won't be suspected of kidnapping the woman and 5 boys. Which was brilliant, they weren't arrested but the driver and passengers were. Their plan worked out fine.

      gina.whisnant - 2010-12-24 19:33

      Commas ARE important... "Hey! Let's eat Grandma!" "Hey! Let's eat, Grandma!"

  • bryn.van.wyk - 2010-12-23 23:26

    I originate from Queenstown and my dad has had some stock theft recently. I wonder if this guy is responsible. mmm

      Stardust_2_2 - 2010-12-24 08:40

      Hey Bryn, im STILL stuck in Queenstown, and know u by the way. If they pull over more taxi's they will find SO MANY MORE drunk drivers!! U should see the state of this poor VILLAGE this time of year!

      derek55 - 2010-12-24 09:39

      Imagine how many sheep they would find

  • griffljg - 2010-12-24 01:09

    I wonder how much blood he had in his alcohol stream? That takes driving under the affluence of incohol to new levels. Is there a place in the Guinness Book of Records for this?

      memery - 2010-12-24 05:59

      What if it was Guinness he'd been drinking? If so, he'd be in for sure!

  • AJ - 2010-12-24 05:22

    How did this dude count 15 sheep into his car without falling asleep? 32 * over the limit......

      Zinki - 2010-12-24 06:06

      That's what the 5 boys were there for and the woman.

  • Mark - 2010-12-24 05:42

    Its actually 3.2 X over the limit, who did this story ....Malema?

      Mikemcc - 2010-12-24 05:56

      Double check your maths chap.

      Mikemcc - 2010-12-24 05:59

      0.05 X 3.2 = 0.16; 0.05 x 32 = 1.6

      John - 2010-12-24 06:05

      Excuse me? 3.2 x 0.05 = 0.16 32 x 0.05 = 1.6 Did you attend the same school as Malema?

      AJ - 2010-12-24 06:21

      Was wondering why he was not dead? I thought death was possible from like 12* over and upwards..

      jmokgotlhoa - 2010-12-24 06:24

      Hai Wena? It is biologicely and mathematicaly to assuume such...what am I say...probably drunk too. I wanted to say impposssble.

      SiphovdMerwe - 2010-12-24 07:46

      Mark!!! Mark!!! Mark!!! *sigh*. Even Malema knows that

      Jason - 2010-12-24 07:59

      I assume that Mark didn't pass Maths at school.

      pointblankza - 2010-12-24 09:01

      Eish Mark.... or should we say Marklema?

      Colourblind - 2010-12-24 09:23

      Haha...ouch. Mark must be feeling like a bit of a chop right about now

      praetorza - 2010-12-26 13:06

      @ Mark - at least some one can count ... @AJ death is suppose to occur when your blood /alcohol % reach .45 due to alcohol poisoning... however if you drink often and large quantities of liquor you also build up a resistance to liquor.. and alcohol poisoning...

      people.3000 - 2011-01-10 02:42

      Now you all see exactly what happens if the standard of education keeps getting dropped or exams being "lightly marked"... lol

  • Wes - 2010-12-24 05:44

    I wonder if he was Australian and the 15 sheep were his girlfriends at 32 times over the limit anything would look sexy to you. That could have been why the sheep were arrested as well lol (This is a Joke)

  • memery - 2010-12-24 05:54

    I'll bet the driver was drinking Woolite.

      vr - 2010-12-24 10:23


  • Zinki - 2010-12-24 06:00

    That is what happens in the old Ciskei. Not surprised. Happens all the time there. That's why the local farmers have stopped farming sheep in many areas of the Eastern Cape. He wanted for himself a wonderful Christmas. Hope he went straight to jail instead!

  • Godesha - 2010-12-24 06:07

    I just wonder how they managed the get the results from the blood tests so quickly.

  • Zinki - 2010-12-24 06:08

    It's a good advert for Mercedes-Benz Vitos. 7 people and 15 sheep can fit in one!!!

      Viva! SA - 2010-12-24 07:07

      Good one Zinki! I am also curious about the sheep story. Dead or alive in the Vito??!!

  • Godesha - 2010-12-24 06:08

    I just wonder how they got the results of the blood tests so quickly.

      Oryx_ZA - 2010-12-24 08:34

      breathalyzers are instant.....

  • Greg - 2010-12-24 06:10

    Were the sheep also drunk? Why were they arrested? OMG, where do these 'Journalists' get their Education?

      Greg - 2010-12-24 06:13

      Sorry - it's early, and I didn't take note of the comma - my mistake!!

  • Figuerro - 2010-12-24 06:20

    This man deserves a Bells, he's a legend !!!

  • Nosila - 2010-12-24 06:23

    My parents live in this farming district - people are killed on that road regularly (i am sure most are alcohol related!) and the farmers are suffering with stock theft on a daily basis. Its hard to be positive.

      pointblankza - 2010-12-24 09:02

      Just today Nosila, laugh a little ;)

  • kurt.higgins1 - 2010-12-24 06:32

    I suppose he tried to pull the wool over their eyes!

      zanaredema - 2010-12-27 16:14

      Hahaha! Nicely done Kurt.Higgins1

  • rittels - 2010-12-24 06:46

    This is a world record!! The highest blood alcohol level yet recorded was 1.5 according to Wikipedia. "In 1982, a 24 year old woman was admitted to the UCLA emergency room with a serum alcohol concentration of 1.5 (1510 mg/dL). She was alert and oriented to person and place (Reported in the Lancet, Dec 18 1982, pg 1394)." It is extremely unlikely that he would not be deeply comatose with that alcohol level. It is quite likely that it was either incorrectly reported or that the test result was false high. The latter would be very concerning.

      Wes - 2010-12-24 07:12

      Could be that one of the sheep were driving lol On a serious note I wonder if the breathalyzer was ever calibrated or tested regularly as he should be dead or brain dead. Its also a pity they don't display the journalists name below the headline

      burtfred - 2010-12-24 07:52

      You can't be brain dead if you don't have a brain to begin with.

      jjhvan - 2010-12-24 08:11

      If he gets a good lawyer he will get away with this. Obviously there has been a mistake with that reading.

      pointblankza - 2010-12-24 09:02

      Sheep can only drive after 2 packets of mushrooms.

  • ArtGee - 2010-12-24 06:47

    "I am not as Think as I Drunk as I am"!!!!!

  • Will99 - 2010-12-24 06:56

    Hahahahahaha arrest everyone!

  • Gary Botha - 2010-12-24 07:03

    Hi all, if you are on TWITTER, please follow a new initiative: MYDRIVINGRIGHTS. I am doing a series on what your legal rights are at roadblocks etc with a view to AARTO. Clearly this guy is going to be in a lot of trouble. AARTO: Licence suspension and a Judge will decide whether he needs jail time, or a minimum fine of R36000. And then he can try to explain the sheep?

      pieterdutoit47 - 2010-12-26 14:35

      You think he has a licence? Maybe the Vito baas was "borrowed?" Were the sheep white or black? Maybe he was a sheep in driver's clothing? This is beginning to sound like a real job for Sherlock Homes!

  • Bob - 2010-12-24 07:10

    When a sheep says Naaaaaaaaa It means Naaaaaaaaa.

  • burtfred - 2010-12-24 07:11

    I wonder if he had any black sheep - just to get the quotas right?

      BigMoose - 2010-12-24 07:53

      The driver was the black sheep.

  • PDP - 2010-12-24 07:22

    Me thinks this story is made up! From line 1 it doesn't make sense?

      Zinki - 2010-12-24 08:20

      If you live in the Eastern Cape like I do, you will know this story is entirely possible. Happens all the time here. People cut the fences at night, catch the sheep, tie their legs up with wire and bundle them into boots of cars. They sometimes get caught but not often enough. Ask our poor sheep farmers in this province.

  • Desmond - 2010-12-24 07:24

    Five boys and a woman, who were also in the vehicle with 15 sheep allegedly stolen from nearby farms, were also arrested.

  • Bert - 2010-12-24 07:26

    I think someone reporting the story screwed up a decimal point. Even so it's still three times the US legal limit and falling down, can't find the car door, choke on your own vomit drunk.

  • honey_badger - 2010-12-24 07:28

    15 sheep in a car is not classic its priceless I wondr on whose laps the sheep were sitting. Was the driver also a skaap?

  • nrowan - 2010-12-24 07:35

    1.6? Seriously?

  • Mr Wendal - 2010-12-24 07:40

    Luckily the sheep were rescued before they were forced into a life of prostitution in the Free State.

  • Jacky Vernon - 2010-12-24 07:46

    Is this not an April fools story early? Sounds like a Vito is a good buy if you need to transport lots, not sure Mercedes would be that keen on the livestock though or the alcohol for that matter.

      Zinki - 2010-12-24 08:22

      I can just picture the TV ad for Vitos. They can fit 7 people and 15 sheep! Priceless!

      PDP - 2010-12-24 09:42

      Hahahaha, jip, that will be a good one.

  • Vytjie - 2010-12-24 07:49

    LOL - I know this is serious but it is just too hilarious not to laugh your butt off - so it's not HO HO HO - BE BE BE

  • Tigra - 2010-12-24 07:51

    At that alcohol level, the guy should be dead... Methinks there was something wrong with the breathalyser...

  • G_MAN - 2010-12-24 07:52

    Wow, and he still did not crash into a gate, I wonder hom much Kallis was over the limit? Was everyone arrested, including the Sheep?

      zanaredema - 2010-12-27 16:18

      Methinks Kallis should have chucked a few sheep in the car before driving

  • silas.chidi - 2010-12-24 07:53

    15 sheep? how possible is that? In the car? comeon. The media will always find a way to spice the story

      pointblankza - 2010-12-24 09:05

      It's a Vito, a big van, very possible. I have seen a donkey in the back seat of a Corolla in the Trankei once.

  • Christiaanon - 2010-12-24 07:55

    15 sheep lil man lol

  • chrismtb007 - 2010-12-24 07:59

    Hope there are no aussies in the jail, poor sheep!!!

  • Oooppss - 2010-12-24 07:59

    Why were the sheep not tested for alcohol as well? I smell a Jacques Kallis....

  • My - 2010-12-24 08:06

    Love the closing line: Five boys and a woman, who were also in the vehicle with 15 sheep allegedly stolen from nearby farms, were also arrested... 15 Stolen sheep arrested! LOL!

  • pandaq - 2010-12-24 08:11

    I hope the sheep got 'bale' :)

      Coop - 2010-12-24 10:18


  • KarenC - 2010-12-24 08:14

    Wow, I feel bad. My boyfriend doesnt drink and is the DD. We got pulled over in a road block and of course we were confident, he hadnt had anything to drink. Yet some how his reading was 0.06? They wanted to arrest him so I said test me! Mine was 3.2! So clearly their breathalizers were rigged. 3.2 would mean I should be paraletic. So I say, dont even give them a reason to pull you over.. just avoid driving, or at least avoid all major roads.

  • Adrian de Winter - 2010-12-24 08:15

    Ummm isn't it considered close to dangerous alcohol poisoning when you reach 0.4?

  • SuperCal - 2010-12-24 08:24

    15 sheep were arrested????do you need special handcuffs or do you just arrest the first sheep and the rest follow????? freaking hell this is bad

  • Ryan - 2010-12-24 08:25

    All these Eeenleeesh experts! The sentence structure is correct, even if a bit confusing. Take the clause between the two commas out is the old test...

      Radrodent - 2010-12-24 08:57

      We don't deny it being correct, it's just sounding so much better when insinuating that the sheep were arrested. So...The sheep were arrested okay. Capiche!