THE metro police, in its quest to ensure citizens’ safety over the Easter weekend, were out in full force in Kempton Park, Bapsfontein, Olifantsfontein and Tembisa over the long weekend and threw the book at all those who transgressed both traffic and criminal laws.
Drunken drivers totaling 51, one suspect with narcotics and two in possession of suspected stolen vehicles were arrested in the northern operational region of the EMPD. Thirteen drivers were arrested for drunken driving in Tembisa, 33 in Kempton Park, one in Olifantsfontein and four in Bapsfontein, Lt Col Wilfred Kgasago, metro police spokesman, said.
On Thursday, March 24, during a roadblock on the R21/R25, two firearms with magazines full of live rounds with the serial numbers filed off were recovered.
Two compressors were stolen from a construction site opposite LaFarge on Pretoria Road on March 24. EMPD officers tracked one of the stolen compressors to the corner of White Heaven and Woburn roads in Benoni where two suspects were arrested.
“The two arrested suspects led the metro police to a plot in Randburg where the second compressor was recovered. While searching the trailers destined for Zimbabwe at the plot, officers uncovered yet another stolen compressor with a Hillbrow case number. Ten suspects were arrested,” Kgasago said.
Also on March 24 beween 9am and 2pm, 51 drivers were arrested for warrants issued on unpaid traffic fines. To be set free, the arrested drivers had to pay the fine as well as R300 for contempt of court on each outstanding fine.
Twelve speedsters were nabbed on Sunday morning, March 27, on the R21 at the Pomona turnoff for exceeding the speed limit.