Five attack traffic cops

2015-11-24 06:00
Traffic services officers have arrested five men on obstruction of justice after four passengers assaulted officers in process of arresting a drunk driver. PHOTO: Samantha Lee

Traffic services officers have arrested five men on obstruction of justice after four passengers assaulted officers in process of arresting a drunk driver. PHOTO: Samantha Lee

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Five men spent the weekend behind bars following charges of, among others, obstructing a traffic officer in the execution of his duties.

Officers of the highway ghost squad were attacked by four occupants of a Toyota Auris while they tried to arrest the driver for driving under the influence of alcohol, says Maxine Jordaan, spokesperson for City of Cape Town traffic services.

The driver of the car is allegedly a Western Cape health department official.

The department could not confirm or comment on the matter as they “have not received any details regarding this matter as yet”.

At about 10:30 on Friday, traffic officials were doing routine patrols along the R300. The officers then proceeded onto the Stock Road exit, continuing onto AZ Berman Drive.

Traffic officers spotted a man driving on the side of the road and stopped him to investigate.

The driver, who reportedly smelled of alcohol, was asked to participate in a sobriety test.

After failing the test, the officers attempted to arrest the man for driving under the influence of alcohol.

The driver then became violent. During this time his four passengers got out of the car and also proceeded to assault the officers.

The officers called for assistance and arrested all five occupants of the car.

The four passengers were arrested for hindering and obstructing an officer in the execution of duties, failure to comply with lawful instruction, assault and resisting arrest.

The driver faces charges of driving under the influence, obstructing an officer in execution of duties, resisting arrest, failure to comply with lawful instruction and assault.

The suspects were taken to Lentegeur police station, says police spokesperson Sergeant Cathy Meyer.
“Suspects have been arrested in AZ Berman Drive, Lentegeur by a traffic officer,” says Meyer.
She says reports indicate the suspects resisted arrest and assaulted the traffic officers. The suspects, aged between 18 and 30 years, appeared in the Mitchell’s Plain Magistrates’ Court yesterday.
Jordaan says in this incident the passengers were given a lawful instruction by the officers to remain in the car.
“The passengers ignored the instruction of the officers and stepped out of the car and proceeded to interfere by verbally and physically assaulting the officers. The passengers attacked the officers in a bid to prevent the officers from arresting the driver, who was drunk,” she says.
“The National Land Transportation Act states that there is no admission of guilt fine in cases of obstructing or hindering an authorised officer in the execution of his duties. Members of the public who wilfully and intentionally hinder an authorised officer in the execution of his duties will be arrested.”
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