Drunk driver arrested after ploughing into Ashdown house

2012-06-04 00:00

AN allegedly drunk social worker ploughed his car into the dining room of a house on Dabulamanzi Road in Ashdown, narrowly missing a teenager who was watching television.

The Saturday night drama left the furniture extensively damaged.

Property owner Zano Kubone said she was in her bedroom preparing to sleep when she heard the thunderous bang and thought that someone was firing a gun.

“I went to inspect what was going on and I was greeted by a smoke coming from the dining room and a white Toyota Conquest was stuck inside,” said Kubone.

She said there two young men inside the car and the passenger were asleep and were not even aware of what had just happened.

“When we asked the driver,a local social worker from Ashdown who was smelling of alcohol, as to why he could not avoid hitting my house he just told us he lost control of the car and then found the car stuck inside my property,” she said.

She said the incident happened at around 10.30 pm.

“My younger son, Nhlanhleni, was lying on the sofa watching television when this happened, but fortunately he was narrowly missed by the car because he had used the sofa opposite the one that was damaged by the car,” she said.

She said she wanted her property fixed.

The social worker has been arrested and kept in the cells in Plessislaer police station.

Nhlanhleni said he was scared because the accident happened so fast and that he was lucky not have been injured or killed.

“I was watching Club Culture, a musical show, when the accident occurred,” he said.

The car had not been removed from the property when The Witness visited the Kubone home yesterday morning.

Kubone said she does not want the car removed until she is told how and when her property will be fixed.

Police spokesperson Lieutenant Joey Jeevan confirmed the incident, but said she could not confirm whether the suspect was indeed a social worker.

“The suspect was arrested and kept over night into police custody and was released on bail.

“He will appear in the Pietermaritzburg Magistrate’s Court for driving under the influence of alcohol as well as reckless and negligent driving,” she added.

• thobani.ngqulunga@witness.co.za

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