Corrupt cops' 'blood cooking' extortion racket exposed

An officer was arrested for allegedly microwaving blood samples to extort money from suspected drunk drivers.

A 45-year-old officer from Pinelands Police Station was arrested for allegedly cooking the blood of drunken drivers in order to extort money from them. Picture: Saps/EWN

CAPE TOWN - More arrests are expected as police investigate corrupt officers who cooked blood samples to extort money from suspected drunk drivers.

An officer based at the Pinelands Police Station was arrested yesterday for allegedly microwaving blood samples of drunk driving suspects.

This makes the blood alcohol content undetectable.

It's understood the 45-year-old police officer extorted large sums of money from alleged drunk drivers.

Major-General Jeremy Veary said many alleged drunk drivers would have walked free because the officer microwaved their blood samples, eliminating the blood alcohol content.

"This is the best time for it to happen and we are focusing on certain target stations which we have information on."

The officer has been charged with corruption and defeating the ends of justice and is expected in court next week.