Driver bites off more than he can chew

2016-02-04 06:00

Last Saturday Metro Police officers had their hands full when they arrested a 23-year-old motorist in Westlake for drunk driving.

The motorist drew attention to himself when he was spotted disobeying a red traffic light.

He initially obeyed the instruction to pull over, but then sped off again with officers in hot pursuit.

Officers eventually managed to force him to a stop, but then he tried to evade arrest again by biting the hand of one of the officers.

His efforts were, however, in vain, and a breathalyser test found him to be more than twice the legal blood-alcohol limit.

‘This is yet another example of how some motorists have no regard for the law.

Not only did the suspect put his own life at risk, he endangered other road users with his irresponsible behaviour. Well, after his antics, he is facing a lot more than just a charge of drunk driving.

The suspect now also faces additional charges of assaulting a police officer, failure to obey a lawful instruction, and damage to City property.

He was very brazen in his attempt to escape.

Hopefully this serves as a lesson to others who try to evade the law: ultimately you will get caught,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security, Alderman JP Smith.

Also, last Friday, members of the Metro Police Gang and Drug Task Team, together with other operational units, arrested six suspects for drug-related offences in various areas including Heideveld, Khayelitsha and Kraaifontein.

The operation resulted in the confiscation of a variety of drugs, two zip guns, a modified air-rifle, live ammunition and counterfeit money.

A suspect wanted for armed robbery was also nabbed during the operations for a case dating back to 2011. The City’s Traffic Service recorded a successful week of operations which resulted in 136 arrests and 2 255 fines issued for various offences.

Meanwhile, during operations held in the Bellville South and Belhar area, three drivers were arrested by the Roadblock Unit on Stellenbosch Arterial Road and another three drivers were arrested on Robert Sobukwe Drive for reckless and negligent driving.

In separate incidents, two more drivers were arrested on the N1 near Century City and Bellville for illegal drag-racing and reckless and negligent driving. The highest breathalyser reading for the evening was three times over the legal limit.

A number of roadblocks over the weekend, from Friday 29 January until Sunday 31 January 2016 resulted in 112 drunk driving arrests and 431 fines being issued, including: 29 arrests in Durbanville, 32 arrests in Atlantis and 51 arrests in Lingelethu West.

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