An alleged drunk driver has been arrested after he crashed into a JMPD officer at a roadblock killing him in Soweto, on Saturday afternoon.

The metro officers were conducting a routine roadside check around 3.15pm in Meadowlands, Soweto, when the incident took place, Michael Sun, the DA’s shadow MMC for public safety in Johannesburg said.

He said the officer had just finished checking a vehicle when a silver Honda Ballade approached the check point without any sign of stopping.

“The Honda crashed into the JMPD officer, killing him instantly,” he said.

Sun said the driver was believed to be driving under the influence of alcohol and was arrested at the scene and taken to Meadowlands police station.

The JMPD named the slain officer as 49-year-old Jacob Moila.

“The driver was immediately arrested on the scene and he tested 0.94mg/1000ml on a breathalyser,” said spokesperson Wayne Minnaar.

The legal limit is a breath alcohol content of 0.24mg/1000ml.

JMPD chief David Tembe extended condolences to Moila’s family. “The drunken driver who bumped our officer will have to face the full might of the law,” he said.

Read also: No jail for drunk driver who rammed into roadblock killing two cops

“We are devastated to hear of another death … caused by a drunk driver on our roads. The DA sends its deepest condolences to the family, colleagues and friends of the fallen JMPD officer,” said Sun, adding that the DA would ensure that the city provided he necessary support to the victim’s family.

“The country’s law is far too lenient on reckless and drunk drivers. I will be launching an online petition to parliament to ensure that the country’s laws are amended for stricter and heftier sentences. We can’t lose more lives in the name of drunk driving,” he added.

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