A police warrant officer from Public Order Policing Faure is currently facing criminal charges and would soon appear before a disciplinary hearing for driving an official police vehicle under the influence of alcohol.
The cop was nabbed on 30 December 2016 in Mitchells Plain after a senior police officer from the Mitchells Plain police arrived at the crime scene.
According to eyewitnesses, the police warrant sped down 6th Avenue in Eastridge, Mitchells Plain, on Friday, at 7pm after which he hit a signpost standing on the street.
The cop allegedly smashed the police van against the pole while he was trying to avoid a taxi that had stopped at a pedestrian crossing near Cherry Lane.
In a short video clip shown to reporters, the police officer was spotted in work boots and pants, with a casual green T-shirt. He was also seen roaming about in a confused and destabilised manner.
Witnesses at the scene told reporters that while he was playing out the drama, residents and bystanders had a swell time, with some taking photos and videos of him.
A second speaker said: “He was walking around swearing at the people while they were taking pictures of him, telling the people, ‘ja, julle vat foto’s, ek skiet julle in julle ma se * ***’ (Yes, you taking pictures, I will shoot you in your mother’s vagina).”
Reports had it that four policemen arrived at the scene after some residents called but the cops dramatically arrived and started chatting with the drunk cop instead of locking him up behind the van.
However, his arrest took place 30 minutes later when the senior police officer from the Mitchells Plain police arrived.
Police spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Andre Traut confirmed the arrest of the drunk cop.
He explained: “A police warrant officer from Public Order Policing Faure was arrested on 30 December 2016 in Mitchells Plain for driving an official police vehicle while under the influence of alcohol.”
No date has been set aside for the disciplinary hearing.