Driven to distraction

Wednesday February 26, 2020 Written by Published in Crime

A YOUNG woman who was disqualified from driving last year has been caught at the wheel again.

Vainetutai Arakua was driving a motorcycle on the Nikao backroad on Monday, when she was pulled over. When questioned, she admitted she was a disqualified driver.

Police prosecutor senior sergeant Tuaine Manavaroa said Arakua was convicted on August 15 last year for a drink-driving charge.

Justice of the Peace Carmen Temata reminded Arakua that she was not supposed to be driving. She was fined $100.


EDWARD KAWI had admitted to a charge of excess breath alcohol, after he was pursued by police and stopped on Sunday at Avarua

Kawi was driving a scooter, senior sergeant Fairoa Tararo said. He blew a breath alcohol reading of 670mcg.  He was convicted, ordered to pay a fine of $300, and disqualified from driving for 12 months.


REX GOMEZ was convicted and ordered to pay a fine of $200 for blowing over the drink-drive limit on Saturday. He was disqualified from driving for the 12 months.

Gomez was stopped by police at Nikao, where he blew a breath alcohol reading of 470mcg – just above the 400mcg limit.

Sergeant Tararo said this was his first appearance in court.

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