Of­fi­cer ‘at­tacked’ af­ter el­derly driver hits car

En­raged mo­torist ‘tried to throt­tle traf­fic reporter’

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - NEWS - WENDYL MARTIN

GOOD Hope FM traf­fic reporter and city traf­fic of­fi­cer Max­ine Jor­daan is bat­tered and bruised af­ter a run-in with an el­derly driver, fol­low­ing a mi­nor col­li­sion yes­ter­day.

The man is al­leged to have slammed his car door on Jor­daan’s shoul­der and tried to throt­tle her, be­fore flee­ing.

City traf­fic spokes­woman Chief In­spec­tor Merle Lourens said Jor­daan, who was in uni­form, was driv­ing an of­fi­cial car on the N1 off-ramp to Monte Vista at about 6.50am yes­ter­day when a mo­torist col­lided with her car.

De­spite Jor­daan ges­tur­ing to the driver to pull over, he drove off, only to be brought to a halt by traf­fic lights.

Jor­daan switched on her blue light and drove af­ter the man. At the lights she con­fronted him.

She said: “The man said he didn’t have time for this.

“I asked him for his driver’s li­cence but he said he only had his ID book. He seemed to be calm, but then he grabbed the ID book from me.

“I told him he could not leave, but when I tried to take his car keys from the ig­ni­tion he closed his car door on me.”

The door slammed into her shoul­der. “He pro­ceeded to choke me un­til a man came to my as­sis­tance.”

This was pass­ing mo­torist Jo­han Pre­to­rius, who saw Jor­daan ly­ing on the ground with the driver ap­par­ently try­ing to throt­tle her.

Pre­to­rius said he was on his way to work when he saw a man get­ting “con­fronta­tional” with the of­fi­cer. “I got out my car, sub­dued the man and took his keys,” he said.

Shortly af­ter­wards, traf­fic of­fi­cers ar­rived and ar­rested the driver, who was taken to Goodwood po­lice sta­tion and charged with as­sault­ing a traf­fic of­fi­cer and flee­ing the scene of an ac­ci­dent, Lourens said.

She said the man’s driv­ing li­cence had ex­pired in 2009.

Jor­daan has neck and shoul­der in­juries and bruised wrists.

She said: “I am shocked, es­pe­cially as this was from an el­derly gen­tle­man, and hap­pened dur­ing the 16 Days of Ac­tivism against vi­o­lence on women and chil­dren. I am not de­terred by this though – I still have a pas­sion for traf­fic and the com­mu­nity.”

Lourens added: “This was dealt with quickly as as­sis­tance came to her from all sides. You don’t of­ten find peo­ple like Pre­to­rius stop­ping to as­sist, they just stay in their cars.”

Jor­daan does the traf­fic re­port for Good Hope FM dur­ing the morn­ing and evening drive times. Pro­gramme man­ager Ger­ard Muller said they were shocked by what had hap­pened and the “to­tal dis­re­gard for law en­force­ment of­fi­cers”.

wendyl.martin@inl.co.za

PIC­TURE: COURT­NEY AFRICA

AS­SAULTED: Cape Town Traf­fic Ser­vice spokes­woman Max­ine Jor­daan was part of the city’s Ghost Squad team who cracked down on il­le­gal drag rac­ers along Fran­cie van Zyl Road on Thurs­day night. Hours later, on Fri­day morn­ing, she was as­saulted af­ter she pulled over a mo­torist who hit her pa­trol ve­hi­cle.

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