Two drivers face court after Tupapa smash

Tuesday May 29, 2018 Written by Published in Crime
This badly damaged car, pictured near the Fishing Club at Tupapa yesterday, was involved in a two-vehicle crash early on Sunday morning. Police said yesterday that the drivers of both cars had been arrested and charged with excess breath alcohol. This badly damaged car, pictured near the Fishing Club at Tupapa yesterday, was involved in a two-vehicle crash early on Sunday morning. Police said yesterday that the drivers of both cars had been arrested and charged with excess breath alcohol.

Police attended a motor vehicle crash in the early hours of Sunday morning.

Two cars were involved in the smash, which took place at Tupapa near the Fishing Club. Both drivers were arrested and charged with excess breath alcohol and careless driving.  The two drivers will appear in the Cook Islands High Court this Thursday. Yesterday one of the vehicles still remained at the accident site, badly damaged.

Police attended a number ofexcessive noise complaints over the weekend. They were also called out to a number of domestic disputes, as well as tending to a cyclist who was bitten on the leg by a dog.

Cook Islands businesses also continued to suffer as opportunistic thieves struck again last week.

There have been a number of reported burglaries and thefts in recent weeks. Last Thursday, a man was arrested in connection with an alleged theft from a private residence. The incident was reported to police earlier last week. Electronic items were among the stolen property.

Last Wednesday, a business in Ngatangiia reported $1000.00 had been taken from their premises. A number of stolen goods were also recovered on Palmerston Island last Wednesday. Police reported an office had been broken into and “a number of items” had been taken, as well as over $1000 in cash.

Cash and a cell phone were taken from tourist accommodation last Thursday. Last Friday a visitor from Germany had her belongings snatched while she was swimming at Muri Beach. The tourist lost her backpack, passport, wallet, and clothes.

Last month, CINews columnist Thomas Wynne renewed calls for a neighbourhood watch organisation to be established on Rarotonga.

“Ultimately, I think it is the community’s job to look after the community” said Wynne.

“The simple act of getting to know our neighbours, meeting with the people in our community, and having some cohesion with the police; these are all the tools we need.”

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