POPULAR Algoa FM presenter Wayne Hart was arrested shortly before midnight on Saturday for alleged drunk driving.
Hart, who hosts The Drive segment from 3pm to 7pm on weekdays, is expected to appear in court next year after the blood tests are completed.
Hart is one of the best known DJs in Algoa FM’s lineup, and also won the MTN Radio Award for Best Music Show in 2013.
Police spokeswoman Captain Sandra Janse van Rensburg said Hart was arrested at 11.45pm in Luneville Road, Lorraine.
“He was arrested on charges of drunk driving. Hart was released on warning to appear in court,” she said.
“The court date has only been scheduled six months from now to allow time to wait for the blood test results.”
Janse van Rensburg said Hart had been stopped during a random stop and go in Luneville Road.
Twelve people were arrested at the weekend on charges of drunken driving in the Mount Road policing cluster, which includes the Walmer, Kabega Park, Mount Road and Gelvandale police stations.
In a joint statement released by Hart and Algoa FM yesterday, the presenter said: “Friends, I made a mistake. I have learnt my lesson. I would like to thank the SAPS for doing their job. They are not the enemy, they are there to look after us.
“I would like to urge my fellow motorists to consider that if we drink and drive, it is not just irresponsible but also dangerous.”
He also said on The Herald Facebook page: “Last night, after leaving a wedding, I was in a situation where I made one bad choice. Thankfully the consequences affected no one else, only me.”
Algoa FM operations director Alfie Jay said: “We’re obviously disappointed for Wayne but happy he has chosen to take responsibility for his actions and be proactive by involving us
Jay said the station would not be bringing any disciplinary action against Hart, who is expected back on air today.
He said Algoa FM did not have a specific policy dealing with the arrest of any of its staff or contracted personnel.
“We apply ourselves circumstantially and consistently. We act responsibly toward the very people we have contracted in good faith and we allow the law to take its course,” he said.
Both Algoa FM and Hart said they would not be discussing the matter any further until the law had taken its course.