'Drunk' cop slams into family's car

2012-02-24 15:48

Durban - A man whose wife and daughter were injured when an allegedly drunk policeman drove into their car, says he will stop at nothing until the policeman is imprisoned.

The Mercury reported on Friday that the police car hit the back of Austin Steyn's vehicle at an intersection in Durban's Point area on Sunday.

Steyn, 41, said his car somersaulted three times. His daughter Courtney, 7, was flung out of the vehicle and slammed into a building. His wife, Lisa, had to have an operation on her neck.

The policeman at the wheel of the police car was so drunk he could not even walk, Steyn said.

Police at the scene did a breathalyser test and found he was over the limit. A blood test was also taken at St Augustine's Hospital.

To make matters worse, Steyn's laptop, camera, cellphone and the cash and credit cards in his wallet were stolen by people he thought had rushed over to assist them. Some, however, helped the family until paramedics arrived.

"I have hired two lawyers and I will make sure that the policeman goes to jail,” Steyn told the newspaper.

Police Captain Thulani Zwane said that charges of drunken driving and reckless and negligent driving were being investigated.

  • Elle-Black - 2012-02-24 15:50

    This police should not just lose his job,he should be jailed for a minimum of 25 years. Serve and protect my a$$

      methedex - 2012-02-24 16:03


      Jack - 2012-02-24 16:25

      I wonder what race cop crashed into their vehicle, and what race stole the personal items?

      Squeegee - 2012-02-24 16:36

      Jack. You idiot. Why turn this into a race thing? This is about a police officer that messed up and should be prosecuted.

      Mike - 2012-02-24 17:24

      Homocide or attempted murder?? Down you go! What is good for the goose? Is good for the gander! So sad when those who is supposed to protect us are actually killing us!!

  • Yolanda - 2012-02-24 15:51

    and i thought the police were supposed to serve and protect! Wishing Styn the best when he sues them. This is ridiculous. they need to be taught a lesson.

      Ally - 2012-02-24 21:00

      There are some who are interested only in serving and protecting their own interests. Name one? Bheki Cele, of course.

  • Elle-Black - 2012-02-24 15:52

    Plus the state should pay thi guy's legal fees,medical fees incured and compensate the entire family for the trauma they endured.

      Kon - 2012-02-24 16:10

      Who is "the state"? That's you and me...we will pay.....

  • Brett - 2012-02-24 15:57

    What kind of people rob the injured?

      Randomhero6661 - 2012-02-24 16:04

      Smart Robbers!

      jaz82 - 2012-02-24 16:10

      Bergies or tikkoppies

  • Andrew Sheppard - 2012-02-24 16:10

    Who needs to worry about thieves when our cops are the scum of the earth...

  • fransie.vanzyl - 2012-02-24 16:21

    It just blows the mind! Lock him up and throw away the key.

  • Andre - 2012-02-24 16:38

    Is like hungry animals?

  • Athoko Shasha - 2012-02-24 17:02

    Y do they have to refer to his job description?Is dis another media swing at de Saps.

      mike.clery - 2012-02-24 17:14

      Because he was driving a police vehicle. Was he on duty? Who knows.

      Klaus - 2012-02-24 19:14

      Every time i see spelling like this, i cant help to give it a thumps down..Sorry ;-((

  • karsten.kaminski - 2012-02-24 17:04

    The car rolled three times! The police officer should be charged with attempted murder.

  • Lucky Manaswe - 2012-02-24 17:42

    I wonder if the seat belt of the child broke when the accident happened or she was not strapped. If is the latter then the driver should be charged for negligence and as for the cop he should be punished severely.

  • sm1012 - 2012-02-24 17:54

    The SAPS is a disaster in our Govt wonder they research show that the POLICE ACADEMY even made them to pass to test whereas they were NOT competent. I wish we could just realise this is just the tip of Iceberg of HELL to happen...SAPS will have to work harder to restore the image of responsible and trustworthy POLICEMEN/WOMEN. The sad part is that I'm unemployed with 9 yrs of Forensic Investigation and Intelligence Profile...but every time I applied..NOT SUCCESSFUL...I am tired for even applying for Govt posts. Here in Bfn a TAXI assistance became a response Task team I ask myself every time too.

  • Klipkop - 2012-02-24 18:01

    Very hectic. Steyn, I will help you pay for a 3rd lawyer. Nail em big time and lets make sure the entire world and every potential tourist know about this. This is not once off but a daily thing in SA. Sick of this. 3rd world galore, I am not proud of this hellhole anymore. Bad cops bad cops, what you conna do, bad cops bad cops. The Simpsons.

      Klipkop - 2012-02-24 18:03


  • Pieter Janse van Rensburg - 2012-02-24 18:32

    That man can hire all the lawyers he want. Nobody died so nobody will go to any prison.

      Andre - 2012-02-24 20:09

      mens kan aflei jy is ook n Zarp

      Ally - 2012-02-24 20:58

      If enough people make a big enough noise about this, he will be NAMED AND SHAMED and booted out of the police department. His colleague who were with him at the time should also be held responsible because they allowed him to drive with intoxicated. Shameful

  • Ally - 2012-02-24 20:56

    He should also be charged with attempted murder. And I hope Austin Steyn also sues the police department for medical, pain and suffering, loss of income, etc etc etc as well as for all the possessions that were stolen. Take the minister of police to the cleaners.

  • Abusufyaan - 2012-02-25 09:42

    Turn your investigtion into something worthwhile. Please don't lose the dockets

  • bmaestro - 2012-05-11 09:16


  • jkilian3 - 2013-02-23 20:09

    Yeah agree they should locked up !!!! They do it to us citizens!!!!

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