Senior PMB officer held after knocking car and fleeing the scene

2015-03-16 00:00

A VERY senior Pietermaritzburg police official backed a state vehicle into another vehicle before fleeing the scene, and later being arrested.

The vehicle he collided with belongs to the daughter of prominent city ­attorney, Charmane Pillay.

Pillay said that she, her husband, daughter and son-in-law had dinner on Friday night at Quincy’s and after they had left, she received a call from her daughter saying that they had been hit by a police vehicle at a nearby garage near the Victoria-Peter Kerchhoff street intersection.

“The officer had stopped to give information but when my daughter said that her attorney was on the way to get information, he fled the scene,” Pillay said.

The officer was later arrested by police and faces disciplinary action for driving under the influence of alcohol.

The officer, known to The Witness, is believed to be a supervisor at the regional 10111 call centre.

When The Witness called the centre yesterday, staff did not know that a supervisor had been arrested.

The man, who cannot be named until he has appeared in court, was charged with driving under the influence and reckless and negligent driving.

“It shouldn’t happen — not by a police officer, not in a state vehicle,” Pillay said.

Pietermaritzburg police spokesperson Lieutenant Joey Jeevan said that investigations were taking place and the officer in question was due to appear in court soon.

“The SAPS confirms that the off duty officer has been arrested and faces charges of driving under the influence of alcohol as well as reckless and negligent driving,” she said.

Jeevan said that disciplinary steps will also be taken against the officer.

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