Public prosecutor ‘so drunk he couldn’t stand’

Kathryn Kimberley

SENIOR public prosecutor Clive Killian was allegedly so drunk when police pulled him over at a road block on a Sunday night that he could not stand up by himself and had to lean on his BMW for support.

Evidence is that blood tests showed that Killian, 53, of Sunridge Park, was almost four times over the legal blood- alcohol limit.

On the first day of trial in the Port Elizabeth Magistrate’s Court yesterday, Killian pleaded not guilty to a charge of drunk driving. He did not disclose the basis of his defence.

Killian allegedly had a blood-alcohol level of 0.19 grams per 100ml of blood. The legal alcohol limit for motorists is 0.05g.

Because Killian is so well known in the city, a prosecutor and magistrate from outside the Port Elizabeth jurisdiction had to be appointed.

Killian was arrested in Soudien Road, Bethelsdorp, at about 9pm on December 18 2011.

The trial continues.

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