Fifty-seven busted for drunken driving in East Rand

Picture: Tracy Lee Stark.

Picture: Tracy Lee Stark.

Fifty-seven drivers have been locked up for driving while under the influence of intoxicating liquor on the East Rand since Thursday night, Ekurhuleni Metro police said.

EMPD spokesperson Chief Superintendent Wilfred Kgasago said five people were arrested in connection with possession of narcotics, one for murder, two for theft and one for having a fake driving licence.

“Twenty-five vehicles were issued with discontinue notices, with three impounded on suspicion of being stolen. Eight stolen vehicles were recovered,” said Kgasago.

“An operation conducted in Edenvale, Kempton Park, Benoni and Springs between Thursday night and Friday morning yielded a total of 33 drivers who were drinking and driving. Fifteen drivers were arrested in Edenvale, 11 in Kempton Park, six in Benoni and one in Springs.”

Between Friday midday and Saturday night, five arrests were made for drinking and driving in the KwaTsaDuza area; one in Vosloorus and 13 in Germiston North. In and around Chief Luthuli informal settlement, five more drivers were arrested for drinking and driving.

The five arrests for narcotics were made in Germiston and Boksburg. Three arrests were made in Reiger Park – one for murder and two for theft.

A male suspect was taken in for possession of a fake driving licence, while six street traders were arrested for possession of counterfeit DVDs and CDs valued at almost R100 000 in Daveyton and Katlehong.

“Three persons, one driver and two passengers, were killed in two accidents in Ekurhuleni between Thursday evening and Monday midday.”

Kgasago said on Sunday, a single vehicle accident claimed the life of a 17-year-old male passenger in Duduza, while the car’s driver sustained serious injuries.

On the same day, two vehicles were involved in a crash where a male driver and a female passenger were killed on Great North Road in Benoni.

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