Vehicle accidents keep police busy

Tuesday May 30, 2017 Written by Published in Crime
This car smashed into a bridge at Inave on Friday morning. One of the two occupants was taken to hospital. 17053018 This car smashed into a bridge at Inave on Friday morning. One of the two occupants was taken to hospital. 17053018

Police attended four vehicle crashes over the weekend, three of them on Friday.


At 9.22am officers attended an incident in Inave involving a car that had collided with a signpost and crashed into the Inave bridge.

There were two people in the vehicle and the injured passenger was taken to Rarotonga hospital by ambulance. Police say the crash was alcohol-related and cited speed as a contributing factor.

Around three hours later police also attended a crash involving two motorcycles on the main road in Panama. Both male riders were taken to Rarotonga Hospital with injuries.

At 7pm a crash was reported on the back road in Atupa involving a motorcycle and a van. The injured motorcycle rider was taken to hospital. Police say the accident was alcohol-related.

A car crash in Vaimaanga was reported to police at about 5pm on Saturday. A police spokesman said the car suffered mechanical problems and ran off the road into the undergrowth. It was towed back on to the road, but further mechanical problems caused it to collide with the tow vehicle.

All of the vehicle accidents are still being investigated.

Police responded to two incidents of family violence over the weekend - one at Betela in Arorangi and another at Takuvaine. One resulted in the arrest of a young man for assaulting two females and a male person. He will appear in court this week.

Once again we asking our people to be extra vigilant in our battle to end violence in the home,” the spokesman said.

“There are established agencies in place to assist anyone experiencing these problems and we recommend people contact them for assistance.”

Police received a complaint of burglary from tourist accommodation in Turangi, Ngatangiia, at about 10pm on Saturday. Alcohol and electronic equipment were allegedly stolen.

There was also a complaint of theft at Turangi, Ngatangiia where a female complainant allegedly had her wallet stolen from inside her car while she was attending a function.

“If anyone has information leading to the apprehension of the criminals involved in these thefts, please let us know so that we can take them off the streets and we can all feel safer,” the spokesman said.

Four excessive noise complaints from residents in Arorangi, Nikao, Tupapa and Vaimaanga also prompted police callouts over the weekend.

“Loud music and late night events where alcohol was being consumed contributed to these complaints,” the spokesman said. “To our people out there, please consider your neighbours when you are holding these events.”

A car was stolen from its parking place in Muri early on Saturday morning. Investigations resulted in two males in their early 20s being arrested and released on bail. They will appear in court on Thursday.

Meanwhile, police say they are concerned with the number of motor vehicle crashes on Rarotonga roads over the past week. They attended more than 10 accidents, some involving careless driving and alcohol.

“We cannot stress the importance of keeping vigilant while you are on the road to keep yourself and others safe,” a Cook Islands Police Service spokesman said.

“Slow down.”

On a more positive note, the spokesman thanked members of the public for their assistance and patience over the weekend.

“We ask everyone to please look after your children, be mindful of your neighbours and to be vigilant in keeping your homes and properties secure. Your information can also assist us in apprehending these offenders.

“And thanks to the clubs, management, players and supporters involved in the weekend’s rugby league finals for an incident-free day of sports on Saturday.”      - Release/CS

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