Drunk driver bites officer

2016-02-09 06:00

The City’s enforcement agencies were out in full force last week to ensure safety on the roads, including dealing with one drunk driver who tried to evade arrest by biting an officer.

On Saturday 30 January 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 ran 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 over the legal blood-alcohol limit.

JP Smith, mayoral committee member for safety and security, says this is yet another example of how some motorists have no regard for the law.

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

Before this incident, members of the metro police’s 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. A variety of drugs, two zip guns, a modified air rifle, live ammunition and counterfeit money were confiscated. A suspect wanted for an armed robbery in 2011 was arrested.

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