Lawrence Mathe presumed to be a Tshwane Metro Police Department officer is expected to appear in court soon after being arrested for alleged drinking and driving.

The superintendent was allegedly driving back home to Soshanguve Block AA from Atteridgeville when he was apprehended.

Mathe was coming back from Lucas Moripe Stadium after a football match last Tuesday , driving a white Polo Vivo with metro police blue lights.

Eye witnesses claimed provincial traffic police officers tried to stop him when they noticed he was driving heedlessly.

When police tried to stop him, he fled, but eventually stopped.

A combat broke out between the police officers which left mathe bleeding from the mouth.

He was arrested on charges of reckless driving, failing to comply, crimen injuria and resisting arrest.

Isaac Mahamba a metro police spokesperson Senior Superintenden said the department was aware of the matter.

“We are aware of the arrest by Gauteng traffic police of a superintendent in the department for allegedly found drunk and driving,”

“We believe it is one of the contributing factors to accidents. Therefore we won’t allow our members to be found doing the same, although we respect the fact that he is innocent until proven guilty,” he said.

An inhouse investigation was being conducted, he said. “While we do our investigation we will allow the law to take its course,” he said.

Mathe is due to appear in court on February 20 next year.

Simultaneously, another metro police officer was arrested on corruption charges in an ongoing suppression on criminality within the traffic law enforcement order.

Members of the National Traffic Anti-Corruption Unit led by the SAPS provincial special task unit and supported by the Gauteng Traffic Police’s compliance unit, dived on the department’s cop offices where they apprehended the officer. His identity has not been released.

“The arrest followed a complaint by a motorist who claimed that members had taken a R1 000 bribe from him,” said Road Traffic Management Corporation spokesperson Simon Zwane.

The motorist had apparently been stopped for allegedly failing to stop at a red traffic light. The officer allegedly demanded a bribe when the motorist failed to produce a driving licence.

The motorist was allegedly accompanied to an ATM where he withdrew the cash and handed it over. Later he laid a complaint with the anti-corruption unit.

“Weeks of painstaking investigations led law enforcement to the officer at the Centurion offices where he was arrested,” Zwane said.