Angry girlfriend takes cop car on joy ride
She also used the police radio to swear and scream
A Jeffreys bay woman went on a three-hour joyride around Port Elizabeth in a police van after her boyfriend was arrested.
Wendy Stephens, 28, was arrested in the Fig Tree Access Park parking lot in William Moffet in Port Elizabeth at about 3am after she allegedly stole a Humewood police van and took it on a joyride.
Police say that the vehicle was stolen moments after an argument with officers who refused to release her boyfriend Zwen Lampbrecht, 27, after he was detained for drunk and riotous behaviour.
According to senior police officials who were on the scene, the couple were involved in an argument after spending the evening watching the Ironman event on the beachfront.
Police stumbled onto the couple who were arguing in their car that was parked along Marine Drive.
Officers attempted to intervene however Lampbrecht was “very drunk and disorderly” prompting police to arrest him shortly before midnight on Sunday.
Police spokesman Captain Stanley Jarvis said that following Lampbrecht’s arrest, Stephens arrived at the Humewood police station charge office demanding his release.
“She was very angry and upset that the police would not release him and stormed out the building,” he said. “She then saw a police vehicle standing outside with the keys in the ignition.”
Stephens allegedly took the vehicle and went on joyride to Steers in Humerail — less than a kilometer from the police station — where she ordered a hamburger and fled in the police vehicle — allegedly without paying. “We dispatched vehicles in the area to look out for the police van and also got hold of Jefferys Bay police to block the road,” Jarvis said. “Knowing that they are from Jefferys we thought she might attempt to ride home.”
About two hours later, Stephens used the police radio to swear and scream.
According to officers tracking Stephens, she used the open emergency frequency to castigate the police.
“It was funny and she was swearing and carrying on about how nasty all the police were,” the officer said, while laughing. “It looks like she was so frustrated that she just took the car to get even with the officers who arrested him [the boyfriend].”
Yesterday morning police changed the charge from theft of motor vehicle to use of vehicle without permission.
The Constable who left the car keys in the police vehicles ignition has been internally charged for violation of police procedure. By regulation, the driver of a police vehicle must have the keys in his possession at all times.
Lampbrecht was released on a R100 admission of guilt fine at about 6am while Stephens was taken to court and released yesterday afternoon pending the police investigation.