Pretoria Man Claims He Only Drank At Stoplights... And NOT While Driving

A Pretoria man had an explanation ready when police accused him of drinking while driving. He explained that he was downing gulps of bourbon only when stopped at traffic signals and stop signs, Police statement reported.

Despite his explanation, Johan Du Plessis., 69, was arrested on a drunk and driving charge following an incident that occurred over the weekend in Pretoria West, according to an arrest report filed by the Pretoria West Police station.

According the arrest report, Du Plessis took pain medication at noon and started “actively drinking” at 2 p.m. He drove his old Mercedes Benz 123 series approximately 30KM from Port Pretoria North and at 5:28 p.m. was in a McDonald’s drive-thru, bumping the car in front of him, The Pretoria West reported.
Du Plessis told police that he has never had a valid driver’s license. When authorities noticed an open bottle of bourbon in a brown paper bag, Du Plessis allegedly said he “felt pretty good,” Police reported.

“(Johan Du Plessis) further explained that he was not drinking while the car was moving and only when he stopped for stop signs and traffic signals,” police wrote in the statement of arrest.

Johan failed a field breathalyzer test and was arrested. The breath tests measured Johan’s blood alcohol level at 0.153 -- nearly twice the legal limit, according to the report.

Johan Du Plessis was released on bail the next day, according to the booking report.

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