Truman: I wasn’t drunk during crash

The Beaufort West mayor’s Mercedes-Benz collided with an oncoming truck on 17 June.

Beaufort West Mayor Truman Prince’s Mercedes-Benz collided with an oncoming truck on 17 June. Picture: Supplied.

CAPE TOWN - Beaufort West mayor Truman Prince on Wednesday said he was not drunk when he crashed his Mercedes-Benz into an oncoming truck.

According to authorities, his luxury car allegedly overtook another vehicle which caused him to collide with a truck driving down Donkin Street on 17 June.

Prince, who had numerous brushes with the law in the past, was being investigated for reckless and negligent driving.

The controversial politician faced drunken driving charges in the past.

But he says the accusations against him aren't true.

"I never went to the doctor, I never went to the hospital. There were no blood tests, so nobody can say I was under the influence."

Community leader Aloma Daniels says the mayor was seen drinking with friends on the day of the collision.

Truman however dismissed the claims as "rumours".

"I'm still alive and kicking, nothing happened to me."

He subsequently challenged anyone to come forward with proof.

While police have not officially named Prince as the driver of the car, they confirmed an investigation was underway.

Prince says he doesn't understand why his alleged drunken driving is making headlines.

"I know I am a public figure, but I don't know why people want to talk about it. The accident took place, but I will state my case when it is necessary. Why must my accident be portrayed in the public domain?"