Tshwane official held for alleged drunk driving

2013-12-27 20:16

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Johannesburg - A senior City of Tshwane employee was arrested for allegedly driving while drunk, The Star reported on Friday.

Tshwane council spokesperson Selby Bokaba was arrested by Tshwane metro police officers at the Atterbury Road off-ramp on the N1 around 02:00 on Christmas day.

Bokaba told The Star's sister paper, the Pretoria News, tests would show his blood alcohol level was not over the legal limit.

"I told the officer I had a glass of wine. He was very aggressive and confrontational and wanted to take a breathalyser test, but I refused.

"I had a drink, but I was not over the limit.

"There is no law stating you can't drive after one drink," Bokaba said.

Bokaba told the paper he was handcuffed by the aggressive officer and taken to Steve Biko Academic Hospital for his blood to be drawn, with police sirens blaring.

He said the officer did not stop at any red traffic lights on the way to the hospital or police station.

"Blood tests were conducted at the hospital and we will await the results. I did not break any law," he said.

He was taken to Brooklyn police station, where he was released around 07:00 on Christmas Day. He was warned to appear in court next year.

Metro police spokesperson Senior Superintendent Isaac Mahamba urged Bokaba to lay a complaint about the way the officer treated him.

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