Three speedsters late for flights arrested for reckless driving

2015-10-18 19:16


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Cape Town - A motorist claiming to be rushing to OR Tambo International Airport on Sunday was arrested clocking 197km/h in a 120km/h zone on the Albertina Sisulu freeway, the Ekurhuleni Metro Police Department said.

The 38-year-old man driving a VW sedan was one of eight arrested for excessive speeding on the R21 freeway between 05:30 and 09:00, said spokesperson chief superintendent Wilfred Kgasago in a statement.

The highway is notorious for horrific accidents mostly involving speeding vehicles, he said.

The motorists were nabbed for clocking speeds of between 164km/h and 197km/h in a 120km/h zone.

"At 06:14 on the same stretch of the freeway, a 62-year-old man in a Mercedes Benz sedan registered 196km/h, [claiming] that he [too] was late for a plane at OR Tambo Airport.

"The third highest speed was by a 43-year-old man [also] driving a Mercedes Benz sedan, citing [that he was] also late for a plane."

The remaining five speedsters were arrested for registering speeds of between 174km/h and 164km/h.

"All eight arrested drivers were released after posting bail of R1 000 and are expected to appear in the Tembisa Magistrate’s Court soon to face charges of reckless and negligent driving," Kgasago confirmed.

"Charges of reckless and negligent driving were laid against the drivers at Olifantsfontein police station."

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