Kalondo off the hook on alcohol charges

31 Oct 2016 16:00pm
WALVIS BAY, 31 OCT (NAMPA) – The drunken driving charge against radio personality Frieda Tashiya Kalondo was withdrawn in the Walvis Bay Magistrates’ Court.
The charges date to January 2016, when the 31-year-old Kalondo was apprehended at the Walvis Bay roadblock on suspicion that she was drunk.
Court records show that she appeared in court almost two weeks ago (19 October) after the court received her blood test results.
“Lab results before court show that the accused person’s blood contained a concentration of not more than 0.05 grams of ethyl alcohol per 100 millilitre (ml) of blood. On this basis, the legal limit of excessive blood alcohol level is 0,036 milligrams/100ml of blood, the results indicate that the accused was not driving with excessive alcohol level,” reads the court record.
An order was made that her bail of N.dollars 4 000 be refunded to her.
She was represented by lawyer Norman Tjombe before magistrate Rhivermo Williams.
Court records show that Kalondo was passing through the Walvis Bay roadblock in the late evening when a Namibian Police Force (NamPol) officer asked for her driver’s licence, which she allegedly failed to provide because she was allegedly not carrying it with her at that time.
The officer then issued her with a N.dollars 1 000 fine for driving without her licence but that did not go down well with Kalondo, as she allegedly refused to accept the ticket, tore it apart and drove off towards Swakopmund.
As such, police officers chased behind her and caught her before Swakopmund.
According to the records, state officers had to use minimal force to get her to the police station as she was allegedly refusing to cooperate, during which officers picked up a smell of alcohol.
She was taken to a hospital for blood tests and later charged with drunken driving.