Mountain Rise police have confirmed that a case of negligent and reckless driving was opened against one of its officers on Wednesday.
This comes after an accident that happened on Royston Road, a few metres away from Mountain Rise Police Station in Pietermaritzburg, KZN, on Tuesday afternoon.
It is alleged the off-duty police officer was driving under the influence of alcohol.
A video that made its rounds on social media showed the man inside his car that had allegedly bumped into another car that was in front of him. In the video, a man recording is heard saying, “a drunk person is being allowed to drive”.
Mountain Rise police spokesperson, warrant officer Panchael Singh, said the officer was off-duty at the time of the incident and was driving his own private car.
Singh said a case of failure to ascertain the nature and extent of injuries and damages to vehicles and persons, was also opened against the officer.
“In the interest of justice, we’ve requested that the matter be investigated independently. The member was off-duty and was not in a state vehicle,” said Singh.
He added a case docket was registered for further investigation.