Western Cape cop held for drunken driving

2012-08-13 11:48

Cape Town - A policeman from the city has been arrested for crashing while driving drunk, it was reported on Monday.

The Cape Argus reported that the cluster commander was arrested when he crashed into a car on the N2 at Khayelitsha on Saturday night.

Metro police deputy chief Yolandi Faro said a metro police officer was taking the drivers' details at the crash scene when he noticed that the commander was not stable on his feet.

Asked whether he had been drinking, the policeman said he had had only "a few glasses" of alcohol. The other driver also appeared to be under the influence of alcohol.

Faro told the newspaper both drivers were taken for alcohol testing and were arrested on drunk driving charges.

They were due to appear in the Khayelitsha Magistrate's Court later on Monday.

Western Cape police commissioner Arno Lamoer told 567CapeTalk radio on Monday that the law should take its course and that an internal investigation would be launched.

  • Hermann - 2012-08-13 11:54

    How nice!

  • kala.bafazi - 2012-08-13 11:54

    This drunken driving term is a bit questionable. If I have say 3 beers then I am definitely over the legal driving limit but I am defintely not drunk. If I was arrested for drunken driving would I not have a possible case of defamation of character? The charge should be for Driving Under the Influence.

      Matthew - 2012-08-13 13:59

      Have you seen the new rule now.not even one beer boet =/ cause thats now the new "drunk" "over the limit" It comes into play on the 17th august. Otherwise,liked your comment!

  • arthurenlouise.tarr - 2012-08-13 11:55


  • debra.bekker - 2012-08-13 12:05

    Lovely example to other drivers, ne?

  • roy.wadhams.1 - 2012-08-13 12:19

    Lets hope they treat this "cop" as they would any other driver that is caught under the influence of liquor and when they have finished fining him they should fire him immediately. What gives him the right to abuse his uniform when he should be setting an example?

      Matthew - 2012-08-13 14:04

      Lets keep in mind,this article dosnt Clearly state he was in uniform or on duty specificly. News24 articles have a reputation for leaving out hard facts and leaving the viewers to assume. I agree with you completely!!! so dont get me wrong. But,we should know the facts. If he was off duty,and in civies, that kinda means that this accident,he was one of the rest of us.not a cop drinking and driving,but a person drinking and driving. either way,he definately should know alot better (especially because of his job). thats why i point this out,cause it can make the difference.However,the consequences remain the same,either way!!!

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