Driver arrested, 11 times over alcohol limit

2015-10-27 06:00

A drunk driver who was found to be 11 times over the legal limit was one of 72 suspects arrested by the traffic service and the metro police recently.

The motorist was arrested for drunk driving on Sunday when he stunned traffic officers with his extremely high blood alcohol level. He was one of 32 motorists arrested at a roadblock in Lingelethu West.

Officers had to help him out of his car, after his breathalyser test registered a reading of 2.76mg of alcohol per 1000mF of breath.

The legal limit is 0.24mg per 1000mF.

“This is truly shocking. For a while the officers thought there might be a problem with the breathalyser, but it turns out that this motorist was quite simply in a paralytic state of drunkenness,” says JP Smith, mayoral committee member for safety and security.

“I am pretty sure he wasn’t partying on his own, which begs the question why anyone would have allowed him to get behind the wheel of a car in that state. How are we ever supposed to change behaviour and make our society safer when people think it is acceptable to drink that much and then get behind the wheel to boot?” asks Smith.

Metro police seized a .45 calibre Star pistol in Mitchell’s Plain and a zip gun in Ocean View. Five suspects were arrested in connection with these two cases, along with nine others on charges of drug possession.

“The metro police department continues to do very good work, in terms of taking drugs and illegal firearms off our streets. The pistol confiscated in Mitchell’s Plain will be sent for ballistics tests to determine if it can be linked to any crimes.

“This, of course, comes on the back of another firearm confiscation in Hanover Park a week ago. In that incident, the suspect arrested was linked to an attempted murder case dating back to September,” says Smith.

City traffic officers arrested 12 more suspects – nine of them for reckless and negligent driving during operations targeting illegal street racing.

One operation in the Bellville/Stikland area on Thursday last week proved to be a high flyers event, with only brand new Audis and BMWs participating.

“One of the drivers arrested got into even more trouble when his father arrived at the police station to discover that his son had been burning rubber in his brand new Audi without his knowledge.

“This is not the first time something like this has happened. We had a similar incident with a teenager caught racing in his family’s Mini Cooper last year. I appeal to parents not to hand over the keys of their cars to their children or, if they do, to have tracking systems in place to monitor their behaviour. You might save a life,” adds Smith.

The City’s metro police department arrested a further 13 motorists for drunk driving.

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