“It is alleged that the three suspects aged 21,27 and 24 assaulted the
police officer early Saturday morning at a filling station… following a car chase which started from the city centre [Polokwane],” said Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi.
He said the policeman, stationed in Groblersdal, was driving towards Mankweng when a car behind him flicked its lights and he gave it the right of way.
As the car passed, it allegedly slowed down and one of the occupants hurled an empty bottle at him.
“The police officer who was in full uniform sensing a potential threat sped off. A car chase ensued until it culminated in a severe beating at the filling station,” said Mulaudzi.
On arrival at the filling station, the three men who were allegedly intoxicated, got out of their car and charged towards the policeman’s car.
“Without provocation [they] started to smash his car windows and out [of] fear the police officer removed his service pistol [and] ran into the filling station shop.”
The men attacked the policeman and a passer-by alerted the Mankweng police about the incident.
The three arrested men have each been charged with malicious damage to property, attempted car hijacking and common assault.
They were expected to appear at the Mankweng Magistrate’s Court on Monday.
The injured policeman was taken to hospital for observation and later discharged.