Drunk On-Duty Cop Arrested By Citizen
A South African police officer was on duty when an ordinary citizen arrested him for drunk driving.
According to reports, Russell George was driving one night last year when he noticed a police car swerving recklessly through the streets. The van was apparently moving in and out of traffic and was an obvious danger to others on the road, so George knew he had to do something to stop it.
“At this point I was concerned about the safety of other road users,” said George to The Witness. “He suddenly jammed on his brakes and came to a complete stop. I got out of my car and went towards him and I asked him if he knew what he was doing. He started his car and carried on driving.”
The police officer suddenly stopped again, and this time, George decided to call the department himself to report it. He was told that officers would arrive shortly, but after a little while, he knew he had to take matters into his own hands.
“After five minutes, no one had arrived,” recalled George. “So I jumped out of my car and I approached the driver’s side and asked him to come out. He looked at me and I could smell that he had been drinking. I asked him again, and he refused. “I then grabbed his keys, pulled him out and locked him in the back of his own van.”
The police eventually showed up, and it was confirmed that the officer had been drinking. The officer had also reportedly gotten into an altercation with his girlfriend around that same time, and authorities apparently knew about that already.
Constable Nkuleleko Mbanjwa, 28, was charged with drunk driving and was scheduled to appear in court. Whether or not the cop still had a job with the police department has not been reported.