Alleged drunk driver tries to evade arrest

A motorist being arrested.
An alleged drunk driver was arrested in the Ottery area on Sunday August 18 following a high-speed car chase with traffic officers.

A traffic officer spotted the driver spinning his tyres outside a nightspot near Wetton Road. 

When the officer activated his lights and siren, the driver of the Chevrolet Lumina sped off, leading the officer in a chase down Plantation Road. 

The officer called for back-up, and when the suspect noticed more officers approaching from Klip Road, he turned into a side street, hitting the kerb and nearly collided with the wall of a house in the area.

He was arrested for reckless and negligent driving, drunk driving and resisting arrest and taken to the Shadow Centre for testing.

Mayoral committee member for safety and security, JP Smith, said: “This incident could have ended very badly and it is a miracle that no one got hurt. The officer who was chasing the suspect indicated that he drove at very high speeds on roads that are essentially in residential areas.”