Arrest over parliament smash

Saturday June 23, 2018 Written by Published in Crime
A vehicle smashed into the Cook Islands parliament in the early hours of Friday morning, causing considerable damage to the building. Police received a call about the incident, believed to be alcohol-related, at about 2.40am, and subsequently arrested a 21-year-old local man, who was lucky to emerge unharmed from a serious crash. A vehicle smashed into the Cook Islands parliament in the early hours of Friday morning, causing considerable damage to the building. Police received a call about the incident, believed to be alcohol-related, at about 2.40am, and subsequently arrested a 21-year-old local man, who was lucky to emerge unharmed from a serious crash.

A 21-year-old local man was lucky to emerge unharmed after crashing his vehicle into parliament building at Nikao yesterday morning.

However, he will face charges over the incident.

A police spokesman said the man was arrested after what was reportedly an alcohol-related accident which caused considerable damage to the building. Police were notified of the smash at about 2.40am.

“Travelling away from town, the driver veered off the main road, crossed the lane and narrowly missed a pine tree before smashing into the road front side of the parliament building,” the spokesman said.

“It appears the driver lost control of their vehicle heading west from Avarua. The vehicle appears to have swerved across the road, slamming in to the parliament building.

“The crash destroyed a wall of one of the rooms at parliament, leaving a hole roughly 10 metres wide and two metres high.”

            - Release

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