Cop caught on video allegedly driving drunk

2015-03-27 00:00

AN amateur video of a Pinetown policeman, who appears to be driving drunk while in uniform, went viral yesterday, garnering nearly 100 000 views in several hours.

A Durban man recorded his conversation with the officer, after what he described as a “near miss” vehicle collision.

The video, which gained momentum on social media platforms, has prompted a full-scale police investigation.

The Witness has learnt that the officer in question is based at the Pinetown police station.

The driver who shot the video spoke to The Witness on condition of anonymity, fearing that the police officer might exact revenge.

“I had been driving to work before 7 am [yesterday] on St John’s Avenue in Pinetown and when I was passing a petrol station another car flew out of the exit. I came so close to hitting him and I slammed on my brakes. It was so close I was unsure whether or not I had hit his car,” he said.

“Then he just sped off. I wasn’t sure if my car was damaged and whether or not I would need his details so I just followed him and managed to signal him to pull over. I could tell that he was driving erratically like he was drunk.”

A moment of forethought prompted the 26-year-old to use his cellphone to record the interaction when he realised the other driver was a police officer.

“His gun was between his legs and I think he was drunk, but I don’t have any proof of that and then what happened in the video is self-explanatory,” he said.

The man, who works in the motor industry, alleged that the policeman tried to run him down.

“My phone was pointing at the ground at that point, but he drove straight at me as if to hit me and he swerved away from me. I spoke to a friend of mine and he has passed the clip on to the police. I don’t want to make a target of myself by going into the station because I will have to give them all my details and I don’t know what will happen to me,” he said.

“I just am thankful that I recorded the whole thing and I believe that I could have been injured if I provoked him. I am blown away by how far it has gone since it went on Facebook,” he added.

Police spokesperson Colonel Jay Naicker said that the video had been brought to their attention on Twitter.

“We know about the matter and the video will be viewed and scrutinised. We have already started an investigation into the incident,” he said.

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