Tow truck driver arrested twice in one day

2016-01-03 18:31

Cape Town – A Cape Town tow truck driver was arrested on Sunday - twice.

The 37-year-old driver was arrested on Sunday by the Highway Ghost Unit for driving on the wrong side of the N2 at the Liesbeek Parkway off ramp. 

City of Cape Town safety and security directorate spokesperson Maxine Jordaan said when officers asked for his drivers licence, he claimed to have forgotten it at home.

When police discovered he was giving them false information, he was told he would be taken into custody.

“The driver then attempted to run away, but was apprehended by the two officers. He was then taken down to Mowbray SAPS, where a docket for furnishing false information as well as resisting arrest was opened.”

The tow truck driver again allegedly tried to flee after requesting to make a phone call. He pushed an officer out of the way, jumped over the counter and ran out of the police station. 

He was then caught in Mowbray Main Road.

The owner  of the tow truck company the 37-year-old worked for produced his learner’s licence to the police.

“After punching his ID into  the saps system the following came up: armed robbery, assault GBH, dealing in narcotics, possession of drugs, theft of motor vehicle, assault common, reckless and or negligent driving and robbery with a firearm,” Jordaan said.

She said the suspect was currently on parole for armed robbery.

He was also facing charges of providing false information, resisting arrest, escape out of lawful custody and assault.

He will appear in the Wynberg Magistrate’s court next week.

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