Trucker 11 times over booze limit, won’t stop

2008-10-06 00:00

A 45-year-old truck driver was found to be 11 times over the legal breath-alcohol limit when he was arrested in Pietermaritzburg yesterday.

Kenneth Chetty, acting manager for public safety at Msunduzi Municipality, said the driver also committed other traffic offences, including stopping in a no-stopping zone and refusing to stop when ordered to do so by traffic officers.

“Traffic officers tried to stop him after he stopped in a no-stopping area near Church Street where he picked up two passengers. He, however, refused to stop and drove in the direction of the Liberty Midlands Mall on the N3,” he said.

Msunduzi officers gave chase and the truck driver took the Chatterton Road off-ramp. The officers caught up with the driver at a traffic circle in Chatterton Road. He allegedly told the traffic officers that he had been told by his two passengers not to stop when ordered to do so by the officers.

The man was allegedly on his way from Durban to Gauteng with two full loads.

His breath-alcohol reading was 1,16 mg per litre. The legal level for a driver of a public motor vehicle is 0,10 mg/l, Chetty said. The man is expected to appear in court today.

Meanwhile, 14 drivers were arrested for drinking and driving during a Road Traffic Inspectorate road block at Newcastle on Friday night.

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