4 February 2013

Namibia: Night-Time Patrol Nabs Drunken Drivers

Windhoek — New Era journalist Tunomukwathi Asino was embedded with a patrol unit of the City Police on Friday evening as the unit arrested several motorists for driving under the influence of alcohol, as well as suspects involved in domestic and other violence over the weekend.

On patrol with the City Police were members of the media, councillors of the City of Windhoek, mayor Agnes Kafula, Management Committee member Elaine Trepper, and chief meteorological technician and pastor Jennifer Moeti.

On Friday evening in the Okahandja Park informal settlement, the City Police responded to a call from a woman with a two-month-old baby who was stabbed by her boyfriend.

When the police arrived at the scene, the ambulance was there along with members of the Women and Men Network. The woman was taken to hospital in an ambulance, while the man was handcuffed and taken away by the police.

The municipal officials and members of the media also visited the river beds near the Oponganda cemetery. Chief of the City Police Abraham Kanime said the City Police have a full-time team which monitors riverbeds across the city.

He also cautioned residents saying it is always dangerous to cross dry riverbeds at night. A man was apprehended in a riverbed on the suspicion that he carried tools that are used to burgle homes and businesses. His accomplice got away.

The media and the councillors also visited the City Police roadblock on Otjomuise Road at midnight where they routinely inspect motorists for drunken driving.

One driver whose alcohol level was found to be over the legal limit tried to resist arrest, but he was wrestled down and handcuffed. After 1am the entourage moved to Eveline Street.

A call came in about a man who passed out near one of the many bars. City Police Senior Superintendent, Gerry Shikesho, and Superintendent Helena Mootseng attempted to wake the man, but to no avail. An ambulance was called.

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