Chinese national arrested for allegedly bribing traffic cops

23 Mar 2014 14:20pm
OTJIWARONGO, 23 MAR (NAMPA) – A Windhoek-based Chinese businessman was arrested in Otjiwarongo in the Otjozondjupa Region on Friday for allegedly bribing traffic officers.
The Namibian Police Force (NamPol)’s Otjozondjupa Regional Public Relations Officer, Sergeant Maureen Mbeha told Nampa on enquiry Sunday the Chinese national allegedly failed to stop at several traffic stop signs in Otjiwarongo with his silver BMW sedan vehicle.
The 46-year-old accused was spotted by Otjiwarongo Municipality traffic officers driving through several stop signs along Dr Hage Geingob Street from the direction of Okahandja.
“The traffic officers tried to stop him, but he sped off towards Otavi,” said the police spokesperson.
Mbeha said the man also overtook a truck at high speed on a solid road surface line outside Otjiwarongo on the B1 road in an attempt to flee the traffic officers.
Namibian Police officers operating at the road block between Otjiwarongo and Otavi were informed of this man, and the BMW was stopped and pulled off the road.
“When the Otjiwarongo Municipality traffic officers arrived at the roadblock, it is alleged the Chinese man asked them to let him go without being charged for the offences he committed, and later negotiated to pay them some money,” said Mbeha.
He then pulled out a N.dollars 200 note as payment, but was subsequently arrested on a charge of bribery.
The Otjiwarongo Municipality traffic officers also issued him two fines to the value of N.dollars 2 500 for allegedly failing to stop at traffic stop signs and overtaking on a 'blind' spot.
The Chinese man is now locked up in the Otjiwarongo Police Station, and is expected to appear in the Otjiwarongo Magistrate’s Court on Monday.
Police investigations continue.