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Second chance for sleeping driver

Friday August 16, 2019 Written by Published in Crime
The black pick-up truck was abandoned at Nikao until police tracked the driver down. 19081228/ 19081229/ 19081230 The black pick-up truck was abandoned at Nikao until police tracked the driver down. 19081228/ 19081229/ 19081230

A woman has been discharged without conviction after falling asleep and running her ute into a tree.

 

Heide Ben admitted a charge of careless driving – her first appearance before the court.

The young woman was represented by lawyer Wilkie Rasmussen, who urged leniency upon Justice of the Peace Georgina Williams yesterday.

In mitigation, he said, nobody was injured. “The young lady was tired and fell asleep at the wheel, hope you exercise your discretion.”

Police prosecutor sergeant Tuaine Manavaroa said it was around 7.15am on August 11 that the Ben lost control of the black pick-up truck and crashed on tree.

JP Williams granted Rasmussen’s request and ordered Ben to pay $50 court costs.

In other driving related matters, Akariva Tuwalu admitted a charge of excess breath alcohol and was fined $200 and $50 court costs. He is also disqualified from driving in the next 12 months.

Raeina Raeina admitted to a charge of refusing to undergo a breathalyser test and was convicted and ordered to pay a fine of $300 with $50 court costs.

Raeina was also sentenced for careless driving, for which he was ordered to pay a fine of $50 with another $50 court cost.

Tutai Junior Amiri will be sentenced on September 3 after he admitted to a charge of two counts of driving while disqualified, refuse an excess breath alcohol test and excess breath alcohol.

Leilani Sadaraka pleaded not guilty to a charge of excess breath alcohol. She is represented by lawyer Mike Mitchell. The trial hearing will be held on October 8.