A City of Cape Town Metro Police officer was forced to take drastic action during a chase to arrest a drunk driver on Sunday 29 May 2016.
The driver refused to stop at a vehicle check point in Montana and sped off, disobeying road signs along the way. Officers gave chase and attempted to block his vehicle in Klipfontein Road. The driver, however, charged straight for the officers, forcing one of them to aim at the tyres and open fire. The suspect’s vehicle then collided with another vehicle and he was eventually arrested on charges of drunk driving, reckless and negligent driving, fleeing from lawful custody and resisting arrest.‘This type of behaviour is becoming far too common for comfort. It frustrates me no end how so many drivers are willing to put their own lives and the lives of others at risk by getting behind the wheel drunk and then having the temerity to think they can get away from law enforcement officers. As a society, we need to do some serious introspection about our relationship with alcohol but also law enforcement. Our residents need to start taking responsibility for their actions. This goes for the person who drives drunk, but also the drinking buddies and relatives who allow people to drive drunk in the first place,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security, Alderman JP Smith.
Metro Police arrested 13 other motorists for drunk driving at various roadblocks across the city. Officers also arrested eight suspects on drug-related charges. One of them was a 34-year-old man who was arrested for selling drugs from his restaurant in Voortrekker Road, Bellville on Friday 27 May 2016. When officers searched the premises, they found 83 units of khat and R2 303 in cash.
The City’s Traffic Service meanwhile arrested 46 suspects and issued 2 200 fines for various other offences.
In a joint operation held in Khayelitsha on Friday 27 May 2016, officers arrested nine suspects: one for drunk driving and eight for outstanding warrants. Officers also issued 380 fines for various other offences.
On Sunday 29 May 2016, a roadblock in Delft netted 23 drunk drivers and 172 fines for other offences, while a roadblock in the Milnerton area saw 14 suspects arrested for drunk driving and 1 648 fines issued.