Motorist powerless to argue

Thursday March 05, 2020 Written by Published in Crime
Te Aponga Uira team working at the site where the accident took place last month. 20030409 Te Aponga Uira team working at the site where the accident took place last month. 20030409

A builder who knocked down a power pole with his pickup truck is now paying the price – literally.

 

Police says Richard Tauii Napa hit pole at Inave, in Arorangi. He is now paying for the damage.

Two weeks later, police went to his home, arrested him and took him to Arorangi Prison.

Lawyer Mark Short yesterday applied to the High Court for Napa to be released on bail.

When Napa crashed his truck onto the power pole he did not run but waited for the police, Short said.

His blood was tested for alcohol, and he was below the limit.

Police say Te Aponga Uira electrical staff are assessing the impact of the crash.

Napa is a builder and has to complete his construction contracts, Short said. He said they were arranging make reparations with Te Aponga Uira.

Justice of the Peace Vania Kenning granted bail and adjourned the case to April 23.

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