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Cops on the case as ‘drunk driver’ crashes into traffic department

Election day ends with a bang for motorist and ‘inebriated passengers’

03 November 2021 - 13:49
A suspected drunk driver smashed through the wall of his local traffic department in Braelyn, just outside the East London CBD, on election day.
A suspected drunk driver smashed through the wall of his local traffic department in Braelyn, just outside the East London CBD, on election day.
Image: Buffalo City Metro

A man who allegedly got behind the wheel after drinking too much on election day and then ploughed into the perimeter wall of his local traffic department has ended up with a major headache.

Apart from a hangover, criminal charges for alleged drunk driving and damaging municipal property, the motorist, who lives in Duncan Village about 5km outside the East London CBD, also sustained a gaping head wound that he refused to have stitched.

Buffalo City spokesperson Samkelo Ngwenya said the motorist allegedly smashed a  Toyota sedan into the wall at about 11.30am on Monday. Traffic officers were on the scene immediately but all three passengers were allegedly too inebriated to help with much information.

According to Ngwenya, the driver hit his head when the car barrelled up a slight embankment and straight through the precast wall at the Braelyn traffic department.

The suspect was taken to the Empilweni healthcare centre in Gompo before he was detained at East London police station.

Ngwenya said the driver needed stitches but refused to be treated.

“The doctor put that in writing and it is part of the docket,” said Ngwenya.

Police spokesperson Brig Tembinkosi Kinana confirmed the incident and said 44-year-old Phumzile Bontswayo had appeared in court.

“It is alleged that on November 1 he was driving at the Ziphunzana Bypass Road when he lost control and found himself at the traffic department building,” Kinana told TimesLIVE.

He could not comment further because the docket was still at the court, he said.

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