Blue light victim sped to tell cops

2008-12-01 00:00

MOTORISTS are not obliged to pull over when occupants of VIP protection blue light vehicles try to force them to do so, according to police spokeswoman Inspector Joey Jeevan.

She was commenting on the case of a young man from Pietermaritzburg, who sped away when a blue light driver ordered him to pull over on the N3 near the city on Sunday at about 7 pm.

Daryn Kay (21) of Scottsville said he was travelling on the N3 northbound when the driver of a black Jeep Cherokee with blue lights flashing signalled him to pull off on the Market Road off-ramp. Fearing that he might be assaulted for failing to move out of the fast lane, he sped to Alexandra Police Station to report the matter.

Jeevan confirmed that Kay has opened a case of reckless driving, which is under investigation.

Kay said he and his friends were returning from Durban when the incident happened. He was in the fast lane, driving at 120 km/h to overtake a truck, when the 4x4 approached his Citi Golf with its headlights flashing.

“I couldn’t move to the middle lane as there was a truck overtaking another truck and there was another car in front of me. But this vehicle kept on flashing … ”

After overtaking the trucks, Kay moved to the middle lane, allowing the 4x4 to overtake him.

He alleged that after about 500 metres, the 4x4 moved to the slow lane and switched on the blue lights. The driver signalled to him to pull over on the off-ramp.

“As he joined the off-ramp I drove straight … to join Alan Paton Road off-ramp. He [the 4x4 driver] suddenly returned to the N3 and stated chasing me. The first robot on the Alan Paton Road was red and there were three vehicles occupying the lanes. I drove though them.”

Kay said he and his companions were traumatised by the incident.

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