WP player bust for drunk driving

Time of article published Nov 5, 2013

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Ashfak Mohamed and Aziz Hartley

A WESTERN Province rugby star was arrested at a police roadblock on suspicion of drunk driving early on Sunday.

“Gordon’s Bay police arrested a 20-year-old rugby player at about 1.10am,” police spokesman Andre Traut said last night. “Police were busy with a vehicle checkpoint in Faure Marine Drive when they pulled the suspect’s vehicle over and noticed he appeared to be under the influence.”

Traut said the player was to appear in the Strand Magistrate’s Court yesterday, but declined to disclose his name until he had seen the docket.

“I can’t say anything further unless I see the docket, (which) must still come back from court,” he said.

He referred further enquiries to the National Prosecuting Authority, whose regional spokesman, Eric Ntabazalila, did not know the player’s name or what had happened in court.

Efforts to reach the backline player failed last night. He did not respond to messages on Facebook and Twitter.

The Western Province Rugby Union said on its website that the player had been arrested at a “routine roadblock”, adding there was no allegation that he had driven the vehicle “in any untoward manner”.

“WP Rugby fully supports safe and responsible road usage and will also support the player, who has an exemplary disciplinary record to date, through its employee assistance programme. The matter is being investigated by the authorities. The matter is sub judice.”

The union said neither it nor the player would comment further.

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