Police probe rogue highway cop

2015-06-22 15:26


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Durban - Police have launched an internal investigation into allegations that a fully marked police car drove on the wrong side of the M4 Ruth First Freeway in Durban before causing an accident and fleeing the scene on Saturday.

One man, who crashed his car after swerving to avoid the police car that careered into oncoming traffic, was seriously injured.

A passer-by, who witnessed the accident and requested anonymity, told News24 that his entire family had seen the police car speeding the wrong way down the highway near the Umhlanga turn-off. 

“We had actually been on the way to the airport and I was with my whole family when the cars in front of us just started swerving out of the fast lane,” he said.

“It all happened so quickly, there was a silver police car just shooting down the fast lane. The car in front of us swerved into the centre median and into a ditch before it rolled and the driver was flung out of the window,” the witness said.

He added that the police vehicle had carried on driving before it stopped, mounted the curb, and sped away on the right side of the road.

“I was blown away that this guy could just drive away after he clearly caused an accident. What if someone had been killed,” he questioned.

Internal investigation

News24 has established that the marked police vehicle is registered to a station near Vryheid in central KwaZulu-Natal. 

Police spokesperson Major Thulani Zwane said that as of Monday, no complaint had been received about the rogue police car.

“We have not received any complaint about this matter, but we are taking it seriously and appeal to anyone who witnessed the incident to come forward,” he said.

He added that a probe had been initiated into who had been driving the police car.

“An internal investigation will be conducted to establish as to who was driving the said vehicle and to take appropriate action should a complainant come forward,” Zwane said.

The injured man’s father said that he would not comment on the matter until he had spoken with his attorney.

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