SA muso in court for drunk driving

2013-01-23 10:40

Cape Town - The Cape Town Magistrate's Court heard that local musician Arno Carstens smelled of alcohol and staggered on his feet following his arrest for drunk driving in 2010.

According to the Cape Argus, Constable Lionel Galant told the court in January 2013 that he pursued a black Mercedes-Benz with tinted windows around 11pm on December 19 2010.


Carsten's, former Springbok Nude Girls frontman, eventually stopped when Galant sounded his siren.

Galant said: "I asked him to get out. I noticed he was unsteady on his feet and he smelled of alcohol.

"I asked the accused if he had had anything to drink. He said yes and that he just came from a party where he had a few beers."

Carstens has denied the allegations.

His attorney Milton de la Harpe reportedly said he would lead expert evidence that "alcohol did not smell and that "one could stagger for many reasons".

He also accused Galant of fabricating his evidence after going through transcripts of the case.

The trial continues later on Wednesday, January 2013.

  • chez.kri - 2013-01-23 12:10

    What does he mean that alcohol does not smell? Boy I hope he doesn't make that his main defense!!

  • Mark - 2013-01-23 13:51

    Alcohol is odourless. Beer or spirits has a smell. So technically speaking the lawyer is correct.

  • shermanm.amos.9 - 2013-01-23 20:12

    Technically the National Road Traffic Act makes driving or sitting in the drivers seat whilst the engine is running and whilst under the influence of alcohol an offence. That is what the state must prove and not whether or not alcohol is odourless. There exist other objective evidence that will prove or disprove the facts including being unsteady on his feet.

  • nrogerson777 - 2013-01-26 20:00

    To a universe be true Arno

  • shaun.dragt - 2013-01-27 01:07

    Frikkin Rock Star!

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