Chase leads to arrest of 'rule breaking' taxi driver who tried to outrun cops
A taxi driver allegedly flouting lockdown laws — and a few other rules of the road — abandoned his vehicle and tried to escape on foot when he spotted a roadblock.
Taxi driver with a learner’s license, car disk expired in 2018 caught red handed— Department of Transport (@Dotransport) April 17, 2020
When police stopped him, he ran away #StayHomeSA #CoronaVirusSA@TrafficRTMC @SAPoliceService @GovernmentZA @SANTACONational @SA_Taxis @JoburgMPD pic.twitter.com/CAM4kE7rPE
The incident unfolded on the N1 near Grasmere.
After an intense chase that led to metro police criss-crossing the highway on foot, the taxi driver was eventually nabbed.
The Johannesburg metro police department discovered he had been driving with a learner’s licence and the taxi's licence disc had expired in 2018.
Metro police impounded the vehicle.
Transport minister Fikile Mbalula was at the roadblock and witnessed the chase.
He chatted to passengers in the minibus, expressing surprise at the vehicle's worn tyres and malfunctioning parts.
“So the door doesn’t even open,” he said to them.