A motor collision after a night out with friends has cost professional motorcycle racer Lance Isaacs a R5000 fine, or six months in prison, for negligent driving.
Isaacs, 29, of Camp's Bay, appeared in the Cape Town magistrate's court yesterday before Ingrid Freitag, who suspended half the fine, leaving Isaacs to pay R2500 or face three months in jail.
Freitag agreed with prosecutor Michelle Davids that in the Sea Point and Camp's Bay areas, reckless and negligent driving were the order of the day, involving people who party late into the night in the many restaurants there.
Isaacs's defence was that he had dined and partied with two friends visiting from the UK, and that one of the two, who had not drunk liquor at all, had driven the three of them home in Isaacs's bakkie, because Isaacs had had too much to drink.
Freitag rejected Isaacs's claim he had not been the driver of his own bakkie at the time of the collision.
She said Isaacs claimed he had sat between his two friends in the narrow cab of his bakkie, and that the impact of the collision had landed him on the driver's lap.
"Common sense tells me it is unlikely that he was flung onto his friend's lap, as he claims," Freitag said. "He was the driver himself, and he was travelling too fast to keep proper control of his vehicle."
Freitag said Isaacs had not made a good impression on the court, and had even lied to the police at the scene of the collision, saying that he and his friends were chasing someone who had stolen his vehicle. - Sapa