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Cape driver on 4X4 bashing spree

2013-01-02 21:42

Cape Town - A man was arrested after he drove a four-wheel vehicle around crashing into parked cars and police cars in Lansdowne in Cape Town, according to a report on Wednesday.

The Cape Argus reported that a tow-truck driver, Zahier Barden, brought the rogue Jeep to a stop several hours after its driver started his journey, despite about 20 police vehicles tailing the car on New Year's evening.

Barden told the Cape Argus that it seemed like the driver was on drugs and drove from Lansdowne to Philippi and back to Lansdowne, Wetton and Crawford.

Police fired at the car, shooting out three of the tyres, but the Jeep kept going, according to the report.

Barden intervened by squeezing his tow-truck past the police vehicles to ambush the car. By dropping his towing array he forced the vehicle to stop not far from the Lansdowne police station.

"Police were trying to get him out but he locked the doors. So, I went up there and broke some of the vehicle’s windows and helped the cops get him out," Barden said.

"I don’t know what he was on, but he was immensely strong," Barden said, explaining that it took a few officers to put handcuffs on the driver.

Western Cape police officials were not able to provide more details of the incident.

Comments
  • justin.hemming.94 - 2013-01-02 21:49

    He was on a drug alright - It's called "Need for Speed - Most Wanted", and as much as it's addictive it will undoubtedly results in some real life speed drugged idiots.

      grant.hide - 2013-01-02 22:06

      Games has nothing to do with it, haha. Thats like saying that if it was a toyota 4by4 then it's toyotas fault. It's the drivers fault.

      lownabester - 2013-01-02 23:02

      Too much of the New Year spirit in him.

      amanda.victor.92 - 2013-01-03 02:39

      @Justin - yes, let's blame everything else except the driver. It's like blaming guns instead of the nut-jobs who kill with them. I suppose next we should ban cars so this won't happen again?

      burningdogz - 2013-01-03 07:44

      I know what you mean, I have this friend who can't help himself, everytime he watches rugby he gets these violent urges to jump on sweaty men. Blaming this on games is on par with blaming the 9/11 incident on skydiving.

      yo.naidoo.7 - 2013-01-03 07:54

      Fynbos ???

      buzz.bar.16 - 2013-01-03 09:27

      the scary part is that the cops shot at the car. We know how badly they shoot, what if they had hit an innocent bystander?

      eric.shinn.90 - 2013-01-03 11:54

      Justin please do tell me, are there fairies and pirates too in the fantasy land that plays out within your skull?

      michal.mierzwa - 2013-01-03 18:45

      RED BULL gives you WINGS :-P

  • adrian.bruwer - 2013-01-02 21:53

    It's Lansdowne, not Handsdown!

      vuyisan - 2013-01-03 11:52

      lol

  • minah.v.dlamini - 2013-01-02 22:03

    Seems like the c(h)ops needed a lot of help!

  • michael.mckinon.1 - 2013-01-02 22:05

    Jeep ..... Just keeps going!!

      shooshyu.tu - 2013-01-02 22:16

      It was a specially modified & most unusual Jeep with 4 wheels, according to the reporter "A man was arrested after he drove a four-wheel vehicle around crashing into parked cars and police cars in Lansdowne in Cape Town,".....

  • jcoetzee1975 - 2013-01-02 22:08

    GTA: Cape Town

      george.frangs - 2013-01-03 13:42

      I would totally play that!!

      rodney.louis.7 - 2013-01-03 16:53

      that would sell bigtime.. lol

  • douglas.reid.921 - 2013-01-02 22:09

    Mad max

  • renier.lubbe.7 - 2013-01-02 22:18

    Take his licence away - for ever! Next time he might cause injuries or death.

      yo.naidoo.7 - 2013-01-03 07:55

      Does he have a valid drivers licence ?

      kwassie.modo - 2013-01-03 10:18

      sadly, in this country, having no licence is not a deterent to NOT get behind a steering wheel!

  • Eugene Maddock - 2013-01-02 22:19

    Moonflowers or Malpitte, both part of the Datura family. Natures Satan.

      burningdogz - 2013-01-03 07:49

      Actually this looks more lik PCP. It is a specialised drug known for making users very aggressive and very strong. In some case studies it took up to six men to hold down one user. Nothing natural about this.

  • Tuyez - 2013-01-02 22:34

    Maybe He wanted to be arrested, who knows? Maybe it is much safe for him being jail than outside.

  • lacrimose.wolf - 2013-01-02 22:37

    No bail! No mother's crying in court "he's a good boy". No freaking bail. Go directly to jail. Do 30 years without parole. Don't care if you were on drugs. You didn't care what drugs would do to you and others. Hayibo! No more deranged lunatics allowed back into what is left of society.

      richard.galpin - 2013-01-03 10:04

      Unfortunately he is going to get in the hands of the RSA justice system and some super smart lawyer hell bent on making a name for himself by the brilliance of his defence. Case will suspended in court untill all the documents either lost or stolen or strayed resulting in about 5 years time he is found not guilty and bail money returned to him. In the mean time there are 200 damaged vehicles whose owners cannot get assistance from insurance. Same as happens to the murders, rapes that are seen by others or caught red handed like this guy NEXT STEP!!!!!

  • digger.dighead - 2013-01-02 22:37

    Ok so they needed help stopping him...then the doors were locked and still couldn't figure that one out and needed help breaking the window? Seems like the police need quite a lot of help?? I wonder if he completed the charge sheet for them too...

      nico.dutoit.543 - 2013-01-03 11:02

      Unfortunately law enforcers' hands are tied by legislation. Law transgressors have way too many rights and driving the vehicle off the road and breaking windows is simply not condoned by our government. Way too much paper-work involved and tax payer's money would have to be used to fix the vehicle if damaged by police.

  • duplesn - 2013-01-02 22:48

    Should make for a great Jeep commercial.

  • Notrax123 - 2013-01-02 22:52

    "Barden intervened by squeezing his tow-truck past the police vehicles to ambush the car. By dropping his towing array he forced the vehicle to stop not far from the Lansdowne police station." The Cops will in all probabity charge him with obstruction of justice. "Police were trying to get him out but he locked the doors. So, I went up there and broke some of the vehicle’s windows and helped the cops get him out," Barden said. Barden will also in all probability be charged with damage to private property and assault. LMAOF 20 cop vehicles following this poor sod for how many kilometers with three shot out tires, were they waiting for him to eventually run out of fuel?

  • cemslie - 2013-01-02 22:57

    Last time i checked all cars are Four Wheeled?? Good one news 24!!

      clivelang1 - 2013-01-03 07:25

      Yes, thank goodness it wasn't a five wheeled vehicle. I magine the damage it would have done then....:)

      buzz.bar.16 - 2013-01-03 09:28

      The jeep has 5 wheels. There is a big one on the back of the car as well....

  • rollingstone.kanyane - 2013-01-02 23:10

    not suprised hy sal more koop

  • thato.seloane - 2013-01-03 00:07

    So it takes a tow driver to do what police are employed to do, wow

  • mike.bundy.73 - 2013-01-03 00:40

    20 police vehicles, reckless gunfire and a tow-truck driver to bring one car to a stop??? Heaven help our disgracefully incompetent officers.

      johan.mostert.967 - 2013-01-03 07:16

      Yes, but if they shot the idiot, everybody would've been shouting 'police brutality'.

  • ceboccd - 2013-01-03 01:43

    i'm watching with amazement how you whites seems to focus on police incompetence

      sduplessis - 2013-01-03 01:55

      Idiot

      sally.lewitt - 2013-01-03 02:56

      I'm reading your comment with amazement and amusement that you ' assume' the cops where 'you' blacks hey.. Whether they where any 'race' mr racist the WHERE incompetent and nothing will change that FACT!

      vanessa.stols - 2013-01-03 06:07

      You whites. Eish. The tow truck driver is not white??- I gather from his name. Us whites think he deserves a Bells dude. But maybe this reply is a bit subtle for you. If all the cops in this case were white, I would be the first to comment about incompetence. It is not about race.

      godesha - 2013-01-03 06:28

      Another troll.

      johan.mostert.967 - 2013-01-03 07:17

      Because ceboccd, idiots like you won't recognise incompetence if it hit you on the head.

      indiana.sykes - 2013-01-03 07:23

      You must be an idiot, i am surprised with incompetent uneducated, stupid black police officers that they did not shoot the driver.

      yo.naidoo.7 - 2013-01-03 08:01

      Black, White, Green or yellow, the report causes us readers to draw the conclusion that the cops were incompetent or did not receive training on the PIT maneuver or spike strips

      buzz.bar.16 - 2013-01-03 09:30

      I'm watching with amazement how your buddies in govt are being incompetent every day of the year. No wait, the amazement is gone. Now it's just plain sad.

      kwassie.modo - 2013-01-03 10:24

      ai the race card, when will it end?! acknowledge incompetence where its due!!!!

  • frank.crane.180 - 2013-01-03 01:54

    Only in a Jeep

  • sally.lewitt - 2013-01-03 02:50

    Give this man, Zahier Barden a Bells and a Medal! Can't we vote him in as Police Chief? If he didn't intervene it could of ended up much worse! Well done and good thing he's not injured!

  • max.mulugisi - 2013-01-03 02:53

    Crazy, or he was high. Don't smoke.

  • Charles Frederik Robberts - 2013-01-03 05:04

    Think it was a multi wheel vehicle: 4 wheels, steering wheel,spare wheel,fly wheel. Thats 7.

  • TheBlackRaptor - 2013-01-03 05:40

    Please, charge this tow truck driver. He DID NOT do the entry marathon. It is so unfair.

      kwassie.modo - 2013-01-03 10:26

      wont be suprised if they DO charge him with negligent driving lol

  • Muffin_man_can - 2013-01-03 05:49

    Now imagine there were 5 guys in jeeps causing chaos, the whole police force wouldn't be able to take them out.. Scary

  • bryan.torien - 2013-01-03 05:53

    http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=372218386207705&set=a.284374874992057.61138.262455250517353&type=1&theater Perfectly good picture of the incident, car and driver taken by Nizaar Marlie dunno why N24 had to use the picture above.

      raymond.dick.12 - 2013-01-03 14:53

      'cause they are like the police?

  • mjmdakane - 2013-01-03 07:03

    This is honestly ridiculous, I'm really not amused by this stupidity but disgusted....while innocent lives are being taken by stupidity on our roads, then an idiot decides to cause more damage..how low is that?????

  • indiana.sykes - 2013-01-03 07:16

    Should of shot the driver too.

  • Kwanele Mzwanele Masoka - 2013-01-03 07:56

    Where they Real cops or Fake ones....

  • lisle.carolissen - 2013-01-03 08:42

    I'm glad you all find this so amusing. It is very fortunate that no innocent individuals were injured and/or killed. If you had a vehicle destroyed as a result of this idoit you'd be singing a different tune now not so.

  • mike.genard.1 - 2013-01-03 09:03

    Twenty police cars could not manage to stop him. A tow truck driver was needed. Unbelievable!!!

  • stefan.alberts.77 - 2013-01-03 09:57

    Well done to the tow-truck driver. But how useless is the police then.

  • shamiela.naidoo - 2013-01-03 10:08

    Was he green? he must have been smoking Gamma bombs, Hulk Smash,lol Well done to Zahier Barden you are Police material you could give them some tips on how to be real cops! they always seemed to be trigger happy!!!

  • livin.daylights.3 - 2013-01-03 10:23

    Zahier Barden - You derserve a Bells. you done the work of 20 highly skilled and trained personeel in 5 minutes. You should be made President...

  • kwassie.modo - 2013-01-03 10:30

    so lets all take something out of this most unfortunate incident....whenever in a high speed chase, avoid the tow truck drivers at all cost!

  • hanno.jacobs - 2013-01-03 11:41

    Why is News24 gloryfying this kind of behaviour from the tow truck driver? If he wants to be a policeman then let him work for the police. Tow truck drivers are as a big danger on our roads. Wow, he broke the window for the police, hell, what would they have done without him?

      george.frangs - 2013-01-03 13:45

      Uhm, nothing? Clearly.

      rozy.gay - 2013-01-03 20:41

      Least he got results when the police couldn't. Give some Credit where its due!

      hanno.jacobs - 2013-01-04 12:47

      Exactly, give some credit where it is due. The police shot out three of the tyres, chased him and you say they did NOTHING? Typical news24 mentality. Nothing is black and white. The police maybe didn't have the opportunity to apprehend the suspect without endangering innocent people, or maybe they didn't have powerful enough vehicles, who knows. News24 obviously doesn't care about in depth reporting, they only aim to cause cheap sensationalism. They just intensify this illness that a lot of SA'ans have, criticising just about everything without proper thought. The truck driver could have caused even more chaos and damage.

  • calvin.eighteeseex - 2013-01-03 13:25

    Wow! Give this man a bells!!! Surely this is one of our very own 'mad news24 user' must hv been driven mad by one of the articles!!! Should have been there with my cam recoder,#EPIC, exclusivity

  • msika.bopha.9 - 2013-01-03 16:27

    Only in Cape Town.

  • Don.Tandy - 2013-01-03 19:08

    "a tow-truck driver, Zahier Barden, brought the rogue Jeep to a stop several hours after its driver started his journey, despite about 20 police vehicles tailing the car" - yet another example of just what a waste of space our pathetic police are.

  • archangel.zerachiel - 2013-01-03 20:43

    WTF IS ODD ABOUT A FOUR WHEEL VEHICLE doing this?????????? Now IF it had been a THREE WHEEL VEHICLE .. then ................... *eish* 30% pass for Englsh on Stupid Grade it seems??

      tersia.louw.12 - 2013-01-04 09:43

      Robin Reliants have only 3 wheels, archangel; d'you think the cops could have caught one of those, with a top speed of about 30kpm?

  • mulis.muli - 2013-01-03 21:54

    this hapens in kaap staad broer,20 police for 1 car,is not funny,this is kaaaaap staaaad bosss.

  • inga.dale.1 - 2013-01-03 22:31

    Sounds like a drug called bath salts. The effects of this drug are super human powers and high tolerance to pain. "The drug that never lets go."

  • chris.potgieter.73 - 2013-01-04 09:03

    Eye witness report: http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=10151408888903745

  • joe.soapie.73 - 2013-01-04 11:59

    // Police fired at the car, shooting out three of the tyres, but the Jeep kept going, according to the report. // Wonder if Jeep will use this as a sales pitch. "Jeep, will keep on going...even if the police shoot out three of your tyres!"

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