He was uninjured during the accident and was placed under arrest for drunken driving and reckless and negligent driving and formal blood samples taken.
The four passengers in the Golf was taken to the Motherwell Clinic for slight injuries.
However, Captain Gerber was pinned down in the police vehicle and needed to be extracted using the Jaws-of-Life equipment. He was taken to Greenacres Hospital and later transferred to Mercantile Hospital with suspected internal injuries. He is in a stable condition awaiting an operation.
In a bizarre twist, his police owned laptop was stolen from the vehicle by suspects before police arrived and while he was still pinned down in the vehicle wreck.
By 11:00 two suspects aged 31 and 37 were arrested by Flying Squad members after the suspects attempted to sell the stolen laptop at a second hand store in Sidwell.
They were also found in possession of a stolen Toyota Conquest vehicle and were charged for being in possession of stolen property as well as the stolen vehicle.
They will appear before the Port Elizabeth Magistrates’ Court while the 49-year old drunk driving suspect will appear before the Motherwell Magistrates’ Court tomorrow on their respective charges against them.