Tow-truck ‘racer’ ends up in court

Driver charged with reckless driving after alleged high-speed dice to arrive first at accident scene

A Port Elizabeth tow-truck driver appeared in the Port Elizabeth Magistrate’s Court yesterday for allegedly weaving into oncoming traffic and racing with another tow-truck on the way to an accident scene on the beachfront.

Precision Tow-In driver Christiaan Beer, 21, was arrested late on Tuesday afternoon after speeding past a Nelson Mandela Bay municipal traffic official while allegedly racing a Crash Motors tow-truck.

Beer appeared briefly on a charge of reckless and negligent driving.

Police spokeswoman Colonel Priscilla Naidu said Beer had been arrested and released on a warning to appear in court yesterday.

The court extended Beer’s release after he was charged.

Complaints of recklessness were raised recently at the emergency services coordinating committee meeting, where private ambulance providers and tow-truck drivers who work with them were warned that lawlessness on Bay roads would be stopped.

The meeting came shortly after a crash involving private ambulances and a tow-truck response car in Buffelsfontein Road in Mount Pleasant while they were allegedly racing recklessly to an accident scene.

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