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18 months for drunken driving


A 28-year-old Harare man will rue the day he drove his vehicle under the influence of alcohol after he was slapped with an 18-month jail term for drunken driving.


However, the court suspended four months from the total sentence, leaving Tendai James Matanda to serve an effective 14-month jail term.

Harare magistrate Lazarus Murendo on Monday cancelled Matanda’s driver’s licence and further prohibited him from driving for a period of 12 months.

Matanda, who was described as a danger to the motoring public, pleaded guilty to driving under the influence of alcohol in contravention of the Road Traffic Act.

The court heard that last Friday Matanda was driving his Toyota Corolla along Enterprise Road due north.

Matanda is said to have encroached into the oncoming traffic lane, thereby obstructing the flow of the traffic.

He is said to have stopped his vehicle in the middle of the road while in the oncoming traffic lane, resulting in a temporal traffic jam.

Order on the road was later restored when police constable Muchaneta Vheremu, who was driving along the same road, stopped to establish what had caused the traffic jam.

Upon approaching Matanda’s vehicle, Vheremu realised Matanda was drunk to such an extent that he could not drive, hence he had parked in the middle of the road.

Matanda was arrested and taken to the police station where he was charged.

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