Mayhem as drunk leads cops on chase and smashes cars

2014-10-06 00:00

SEVERAL people went to bed last night counting their blessings that they are still alive.

This was after an alleged drunken driver led the police on a wild goose chase from the N3 highway before crashing into two stationary vehicles in Francis Staniland Drive in Montrose.

Moments earlier the driver of a Chevy Spark had just stepped out of his car and crossed the road to the house he was visiting.

The alleged drunken driver’s Chevrolet Cruze was also a write-off and eyewitnesses were shocked that he escaped from the carnage unscathed. They say he was charged and arrested on the spot.

Shameel Mohanlall, outside whose house the accident happened, said he went out to lunch with his mum and sister, and that his two elderly grannies were at home. They heard a loud bang, and were severely shaken by the sound and were too scared to venture outside. He said they returned home around 4 pm to all the drama. Had they arrived an hour earlier, they could have been driving into their driveway as the accident happened. When The Witness visited the scene late yesterday, a neighbour, who did not want to be named, pointed to the runners in the street and people walking their dogs.

“Had they been out earlier, anyone of them could have become victims of this accident. We have to count our blessings that no one died or was injured,” he said.

Mohanlall’s neighbour, whose visitors’ cars were damaged, appeared embarrassed and did not want to be identified. He said there was no special occasion at his home and he was grateful that his visitors were safe and had not been in or near their cars when the accident happened.

The Witness managed to piece together the following account from eyewitnesses at the scene. They heard that the motorist was driving recklessly on the N3 where he almost wiped out a carload of women. This shaken group saw a police officer on the highway and reported the driver and a description of the car. The car was soon spotted and was chased from the highway onto the Peter Brown off-ramp. The driver refused to stop zig-zagging among cars before he went speeding down Francis Staniland Drive.

Apparently, he could not take the bend at the speed he was travelling and crashed into the two cars — the Chevy Spark crashed into a tree and ended up standing up vertically, and the other vehicle, a Honda, was completely wrecked.

By last night, the accident scene had been cleared. All that was left was the glass on the road and the Mohanlalls’ broken fence. That and an overwhelming sense of relief that the people of Francis Staniland Drive were safe.

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