Bok player appears in court on drunken-driving charge

Springbok scrumhalf Ricky Januarie appeared in the Bellville Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday following his arrest early on Sunday for alleged drunken driving.

He faces a second charge of reckless or negligent driving.

He appeared before Magistrate N Mkabayi, who postponed the case to January 29 while prosecutor Nathan Truskey awaits the results of the forensic analysis of his blood sample.

Januarie’s attorney, Frik Erasmus, told the court he would make representations to the Western Cape directorate for public prosecutions for a withdrawal of the charges.

Erasmus, who said Januarie was arrested by police in Durbanville, acts for the Stormers rugby team as the team’s manager of commercial affairs.

Erasmus said he was at the Durbanville police station at about 2.30am on Sunday, when, in his opinion, Januarie did not seem under the influence of liquor at all.

Januarie was later released by the police without bail and warned to appear in court on Wednesday.

Erasmus said Januarie’s arrest was not the result of a vehicle collision or a roadblock.

Januarie played for Western Province in their 92-15 victory over the Falcons in the Currie Cup match at Newlands on Saturday.—Sapa

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