Katlego Mphela arrested for drunk driving
South Africa striker Katlego Mphela was arrested for drunk
driving in an upscale Johannesburg neighborhood, police spokesman
Col. Lungelo Dlamini said Tuesday.
Mphela, who scored the winning goal against Egypt on Saturday in
an African Cup of Nations qualifier, was arrested early Monday
after celebrating the win, according to Glyn Binkin, the player’s
Mphela was driving from a late-night snack when police pulled
him over for a routine stop, Binkin said.
”He’s obviously disappointed about what transpired, but he also
believed he was under the limit or he would not have taken the
irresponsible action of driving when he didn’t feel he was able to
drive,” Binkin told The Associated Press.
Mphela acted drunk when they pulled him over at about 5 a.m., so
police brought him to the station for four hours until he was sober
enough to be released, Dlamini said.
Mphela scored three minutes into injury time to give South
Africa a 1-0 win over Egypt on Saturday. Mphela will appear in
court in October.
In February 2010, South Africa captain Steven Pienaar was
arrested in Britain after he was caught driving under the influence
of alcohol following Everton’s 3-1 win over Manchester United. He
pleaded guilty and was banned from driving for 12 months.
Another South Africa international, defender Bryce Moon, faces
drunk driving and culpable homicide charges after the car he was
driving struck and killed a female pedestrian in 2009. The accident
happened in Sandton – the same Johannesburg suburb as Mphela’s
Charges against the 24-year-old right back were initially
dropped but then reinstated in January. Moon’s case will go to
trial in June.
AP Sports Writer Gerald Imray contributed to this report.