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Investigations into 'drunk' cop complete

By unknown | Mar 20, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

McKeed Kotlolo

McKeed Kotlolo

Police have completed their investigations into a policeman who crashed his official vehicle into a minibus taxi while allegedly under the influence of liquor and dagga.

The sergeant, attached to Embalenhle police station near Secunda in Mpumalanga, is facing charges of defeating the ends of justice and negligent and reckless driving or, alternatively, drinking and driving.

The police officer allegedly skipped a red robot near the Blue taxi rank in Extension 5 and crashed into a minibus taxi on Saturday, injuring the driver, Zephaniah Paulos Mabaso.

The officer allegedly fled the scene of the accident, leaving behind a bottle of liquor and dagga in the police van.

He later reappeared at the scene in plain clothes.

He was taken to the HydroMed Clinic at Trichardt, but left before hospital staff could draw blood samples to determine alcohol and drug levels.

Police spokesman Captain Klaas Maloka yesterday confirmed the charges. He said the docket had already been referred to the director of prosecutions for a decision on whether to press charges.

He said a departmental investigation had also been instituted. The policeman has, however, not been arrested or suspended from duty.


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