LEPHALALE — Eight people were seriously injured and one arrested after an incident where three cars were involved in a car crash and another motorist tried to dodge the police in the early morning hours of Sunday 17 July.
According to W.O. Frans Mokoena, Lephalale Police spokesperson, they were called to an accident scene on the R518 at 01:00 Sunday morning. Upon arrival they saw two Hyundai vehicles which had collided next to the Palala Bridge near Shongoane 1. While the police were trying to remove the vehicles, the driver of a Toyota Corolla collided with one of the vehicles and “flew” through the air, landing on the bank of the Palala river. “Now there were three cars involved” W.O. Mokoena says. The eight seriously injured people were taken to hospital.
“While we were still busy at the scene, a 32 year old man stopped and started to insult the police without any reason” W.O. Mokoena explained. He says it appeared that the man was drunk and while they were trying to talk to him he sped away from them in the direction of Steve Biko suburb. “While he was driving, he threw two people out of his car and headed for Lephalale” said an astonished W.O. Mokoena.
The man turned left onto the Visgat gravel road about 10 km outside Lephalale and the police followed him. “He stopped about 15 km into the Visgat road, jumped out of his car and over a game fence. I urged him to come forward as what he was doing was dangerous as the farm owners may think he is a poacher and shoot him. He gave himself up and we arrested him for drunken driving, driving a vehicle that is not road worthy and crimen injuria interference” W.O. Mokoena said.