From thwarting the theatrics of a light-footed attempted housebreaker on the roof of a house in Chatty, nabbing seven suspected drunk drivers and issuing fines for numerous traffic offences, the Metro Police Ghost Squad made its presence felt this weekend.
Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality Member of the Mayoral Committee for Safety and Security, Cllr John Best, said an attempted housebreaker was caught red-handed on the roof of a house at 06:45, yesterday (Sunday, 6 August) in Bambie Street.
“A distraught resident rushed to our Metro Police satellite station in Bethelsdorp seeking protection from a belligerent intruder attempting to break into his house.
“One of the officers on duty immediately contacted our Ghost Squad that was conveniently doing rounds nearby. The suspect was spotted on the roof by the responding officers and was soon cornered. The man was arrested and transported to the Bethelsdorp Police Station,” Cllr Best said.
During a traffic stop on Saturday at 14:30, the covert unit arrested a taxi driver (27-year old male) that not only hopelessly overloaded his vehicle; he allegedly had too much to drink as well.
“The Ghost Squad stopped a white Toyota Quantum in Cape Road between Bramlin Road and the N2 Slipway in the southerly direction.
“The vehicle was overloaded with 22 passengers. Since it is only allowed to convey 15 passengers, it had a total of 37 people crammed in the vehicle.
“The driver could not produce his PrDP permit and smelled strongly of alcohol. After a high reading of 0.66mg was recorded, he was arrested and detained at the Kabega Park Police Station.
“Six other driving under the influence cases were recorded which brings the total of drunken drivers taken off the road this weekend to seven.
“Traffic offences amounting to fines totaling R17 700 were recorded as well, which included driving without valid drivers licenses, unlicensed, unregistered and unroadworthy vehicles as well as overloading amongst others,” Cllr Best said.
Best further warns transgressors of traffic laws to stop breaking the law as the Ghost Squad and other units will continue in the same vein to curb lawlessness and improve road safety.
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