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Man poisons himself with brake fluid to avoid DUI charge

Man poisons himself with brake fluid to avoid DUI charge

Niël Terblanché

IN an attempt to avoid a drunken driving charge, a man that was stopped at the police roadblock on the B2 Road just outside Swakopmund, drank brake fluid while waiting for officers to take him into town for a proper breathalyser test.


According to a report about the incident provided by the Namibian Police in the Erongo Region, the suspect on Saturday drove a silver BMW with the registration number N4945S while he was under the influence of alcohol.


The driver tested positive at the roadblock and he was then instructed to park and lock his vehicle and to put everything in order before he was taken to the main Intoxilyzer 9000 Dräger machine in town.


According to the report the driver then drank brake fluid possibly with the hope to influence the breathalyser test result. The container with brake fluid was in his car and he only informed the officers later he was getting weak.



He was admitted to a Swakomund hospital where he is currently still in a stable condition.


A second case of driving under the influence of alcohol was registered with the police in Swakopmund on Saturday evening when the driver of a Volkswagen Golf drove straight into the back of seven seater taxi while on the way to Henties Bay.


According to the incident report the driver of the Golf with registration number N23614S crashed into the Toyota Ipsum while attempting to overtake the slower moving vehicle.


The driver of the Volkswagen Golf sustained serious injuries, was admitted to a Swakopmund hospital but due to the seriousness of his injuries was transferred to a Windhoek Hospital on Sunday morning where he still is in critical condition.


The driver and passengers of the seven seater did not sustain any serious injuries.


Due to the fact that he was injured the suspect was tested but not formally charged. The suspect will however face charges of drunken driving and reckless and negligent driving once discharged from hospital.


According to the Namibian Police in the Erongo Region 12 more people were arrested on charges of drunken driving over the past weekend. Four of those cases were registered in Swakopmund while the other eight were registered in Walvis Bay.


Seven of the drivers accused of drunken driving managed to pay the new amount of N$8 000 to be set free on bail from the police stations and all of them will appear in the respective magistrate’s court on Monday
According to the police report all of the drunken drivers are residents of Swakopmund and Walvis Bay.