Speedster arrested after trying to flee

2012-12-23 20:21

Johannesburg - An Alberton man was arrested in the early hours of Sunday morning for speeding after attempting to flee from Johannesburg metro police, metro police said on Sunday.

"He was caught at 180km/h at 04:15 this morning on the N1 in Midrand," said Chief Superintendent Wayne Minnaar.

"The driver exited the freeway at Olifantsfontein offramp and officers had to call for backup to help block off the speeding silver car."

Minnaar said there happened to be officers along the same stretch of road who had stopped at a petrol station who blocked the car off.

"There was no need to go arrest the driver at his home as the car's number plate and his speed was already captured on the speed camera," he said.

The man, who along with six other motorists arrested between midnight and 06:00 on Sunday, were expected to appear in the Randburg Magistrate's Court on Monday.

  • lacrimose.wolf - 2012-12-23 20:34


  • Tuyez - 2012-12-23 20:47

    Maybe he saw the cops stopping him so early in the morning and he thought he was being hijacked.

      magda.myburgh2 - 2012-12-23 21:22

      I agree with this one!

      siphom.mnguni - 2012-12-23 21:32

      Metro Police cars are visible marked and have mounted flashing blue lights on top. Over and above they have a PA system to shout to you to stop. If all that is not enough, heaven help us all!

      lacrimose.wolf - 2012-12-23 21:49

      Amazing when it comes to traffic offences by solo drivers, how the scenarios favour the villain. If a taxi-driver did same, there'd be zero tolerance by N24 posters. Anyone who breaks the law is a villain.

      leaproach.thekeeper - 2012-12-24 06:02

      @Sipho…Ghost cars are not marked and it nearly led to a shoot out between me and an arrogance little pig of a Metro Policemen. At the time I was seriously under the impression I was being high jacked and I pulled my gun on him. Luckily sanity prevailed and he left cussing and spitting with rage. If he made the wrong move that night I was ready to shoot him in the head.

      andre.maritz.773 - 2012-12-24 08:06

      Janee Tuyez! Let's count ythe 800 odd ead on our roads and then still find excuses for someone doing 180 on our roads. Brilliant!

      John - 2012-12-24 21:09

      He was being hijacked by policy enforcing money collecting thugs masquerading as PEACE OFFICERS! Since when is speeding an offence for which one can be arrested? QUOTE the so called LAW?

  • buti.lembe - 2012-12-23 20:54

    He should be thankful to the officers coz they safe him & other innocent peoples life.

      Bingo - 2012-12-23 21:38

      I understood exactly what buti was saying. Consider it like an accent that has developed. I get the "SMS speak" as well, minimalist typing on a tiny keypad. I happen to enjoy the opinions of those that use English as a second or 3rd language and can only imagine how my attempts at an indigenous language would appear. Cut the dude some slack Bro

      andre.maritz.773 - 2012-12-24 08:08

      @Melusi: South Africa is a diverse society. Some steal. Some don't. Some write well. Some don't. At least Buti got his point accross. What was yours?

  • ekke.oupa - 2012-12-23 20:55

    The man, who along with six other motorists arrested between midnight and 06:00 on Sunday, were expected to appear in the Randburg Magistrate's Court on Monday MAYBE SAPA SOULD REVIEW THEIR TENSES AS WELL

  • Malose-Nyatlo - 2012-12-23 21:11

    Traffic departments should be allowed to mount cameras on toll gantries to get the speed hogs.

      lacrimose.wolf - 2012-12-23 21:28

      @malose-Nyatlo - at this time of year, it's almost impossible to speed through a toll. In those heavily tolled avenues, such as KZN, the lawlessness happens well out of the sight of toll gantries.

      Mandy Casey - 2012-12-23 21:49

      Mount your cameras on gantries, Cosatu are tearing them down soon.

      mike.bundy.73 - 2012-12-24 08:57

      LOL @ you guys - they are ALREADY mounted on the gantries, fitted with number-plate recognition software and linked nationally to eNaTIS

      gerald.parker.3956 - 2012-12-27 07:16

      Guys this I have from a Policeman. The toll roads are private property because they are run by SANRAL a private company therefore police are NOT ALLOWED to do speed trapping on them.Thes roads include N1, N12, N24 from Diepkloof to Pretoria. Lets see the government change that law as quickly as possible because if they do not imagine how much money the Traffic Depts will loose

  • dadasuraj - 2012-12-23 21:55

    180km/h is deadly. Speed kills!!!

      leaproach.thekeeper - 2012-12-24 06:08

      60kmh also kills. Have you seen how a car looks that ran into something stationary at 60kmh?

      mike.bundy.73 - 2012-12-24 09:18

      Hit a pedestrian at 20 and you'll probably kill him, it's not the speed that kills - it's the hitting things that kills.

  • Spha - 2012-12-23 22:26

    another jub jub

  • Busakwe Fiyo Luvo - 2012-12-24 06:52

    lol@Marco these guys don't sleep. they mean business.

  • johnwilliam.roberts - 2012-12-24 06:54

    buy a faster car boet

  • dewaldmontgomery - 2012-12-24 07:05

    Yes, good! And see where you could have made money with your e-toll monster instead? 180km/h. That's 60 over the limit. 60 x R50 because he was driving 180 = R9000 x the distance that he had passed through those gantries. Wonderful fine, plus the normal course of action. He could have paid over 15 000 law abiding motorists' unfair e-toll just through his willingness to drive recklessly.

  • Chantal Brummer - 2012-12-24 07:23

    I'm surprised at some comments actually condoning speeding!! There's a reason we have speed limits. Will these pro-speedsters still have the same opinion when an even faster moron plunges into them, maiming, scarring, paralysing or killing someone they love?? SPEED KILLS!!!

      mike.bundy.73 - 2012-12-24 09:32

      Chantal I am one of those that is very outspoken against the lie that Speed Kills. This does NOT mean that I condone or practise speeding or breaking the law. I just think that the real causes of accidents are not being addressed. In my opinion the average driver regularly exceeds the posted speed limits and does not kill anyone so most people quite correctly don't believe that speed kills. The Metro's current obsession with speed has done NOTHING to reduce the appalling death toll in this country. It is massively profitable though, with fines occasionally reaching tens of thousands for a single incident. Speed trapping brings billions of revenue but we are still dying in the thousands. Sorry for rambling on, just Google the results in other countries that have reduced their road deaths. We need better education, removal of unroadworthy vehicles, enforcement of moving violations, visible policing and imprisonment of corrupt police personnel. These will reduce our death toll, not taking hard-earned MONEY from people for exceeding an arbitrary number.

      jacowium - 2012-12-24 16:49

      I think both of you make good points. In essence, speed is not the sole culprit. The problem is that anyone can put "pedal to the metal" ... but very few drivers have been trained to handle a speeding car. I know many drivers rate themselves as "natural Schumachers", but in truth, everyone needs training to be able to safely handle a speeding vehicle. If I was king of the world, I would make it mandatory for everyone under 40 years old to complete both defensive and offensive driving courses, before issuing any drivers licences. (For older applicants, at least a defensive driving course.) Education and training is vital in reducing road deaths - mere "speed kills" poster campaigns are not quite so effective.

      John - 2012-12-24 17:34

      Speed limits are simply a money making machine for the POLICY ENFORCING THUG brigade! These things need to become peace officers for which we pay them! Speed does not kill! Stupid and arrogant motorists do, along with unawareness and drunkeness!

  • sizwe.zulu.3133 - 2012-12-24 08:52

    Mmmh, I could ve been worst!

  • hennie.gerber.3 - 2012-12-24 09:57

    Its not the speed that Kills it is the person behind the wheel.So funny that so many people drive at 80km/h on the highway and driving like they are under the influence , also so many people driving talking on there Cellc Phones , even the PIGS do this.So why is everybody going on about speeding cause if you cant drive then you should not be behind the steering wheel.You should know when to speed and when not.

  • John - 2012-12-24 16:45

    SPEED does NOT kill!! This propaganda statement is rubbish! Unawareness by alcohol, drugs and drowsiness cause miscalculations of effort required of competent motoring. Bad manners and discourtesy follow closely behind. Texting takes attention from motoring! Speed simply limits the time one has to react to an inordinate or unusual situation. If you cannot predict the actions of others you need to motor extremely slowly!

      John - 2012-12-24 19:29

      In 49 years of motoring every collision or accident I had was at less than 30kph. When travelling at 170kph I was a damn sight more aware and considerate of others! This was before the stupid speed limits were introduced by a bunch of opinionated politicians with whom I have never agreed.

      eidel.bock - 2012-12-24 19:59

      Speed does not is the sudden stop/impact that cause fatal injuries. To blame others travelling at slower spead is ridicilous. It is a criminal behaviour when you exceed the speedlimit and can be jailed if found guilty.

  • John - 2012-12-24 19:41

    Be tolerant, be courteous, be considerate, be competent, be aware, be well mannered, most importantly be RESPONSIBLE! Motor at the appropriate speed. SPEED LIMITS, PAH!!!!

  • eidel.bock - 2012-12-24 19:51

    How stupid can you be. It is common knowledge that there are what appears to be a constant speedtrap near Olifantsfontein offramp. Every Monday there are reports in newspapers reporing on it.

  • francois.viljon - 2012-12-24 21:10

    Ha Ha, Funny, I live in Germany and did 210km per hour this morning on the autobahn to the airport .... and was overtaken by at least three other cars driving much faster. I agree that 110 km/h is too fast for SA drivers who can't obey the first rule of the road. Keep left pass right and think indicators are Christmas lights. Speed does not kill. Drunken driving does. Zero tolerance to drunk drivers should be enforced and slow drivers in fast lanes should be fined. They are a danger on the road..

      gerald.parker.3956 - 2012-12-27 07:31

      Frnacois I agree with you on slow drivers. Going home on Christmas eve at 14.00 there was nearly 8 or 9 collisions on N3 S at Van Buuren road because some idiotic driver( will not mention sex or race) was driving at about 40-50kph in the second fron the right lane where just about everyone else was travelling at about 120 kph. Drivers had to swerve out of ITS way by going into other lanes causing chaos. Even trucks were passin IT. IT should have been in the extreme laft lane but NO most probably says speed kills so will drive SLOWLY. Oh and sitting with face about 12 inches from the steering wheel. Now that is an accident waiting for a place to happen

  • nicolesoccerbabe.take - 2012-12-25 08:28

    Deffinately not a BMW driver,if it was it would have been mentioned in the article.

  • nicolesoccerbabe.take - 2012-12-25 08:28

    Deffinately not a BMW driver,if it was it would have been mentioned in the article.

  • sam.brink.92 - 2012-12-25 08:51

    An collision above 100km/h you are dead, 180 is just a quicker more painless way of doing it. Just saying, 100 or 200, hit anything at those speeds and its pretty much over for you and whatever is on the resistant side..

  • brian.bagnall.54 - 2012-12-25 12:54

    Lock the idiot up and throw away the key.

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