Malone Puangi Tamarua made his first court appearance before Justice of the Peace Georgina Williams. He represented by lawyer Wilkie Rasmussen.
Police Prosecutor Senior Sergeant Fairoa Tararo said that on October 12 at 7.30 am, Tamarua was driving towards Ngatangiia from Tupapa when he lost control of his bike in Matavera and crashed.
He sustained injuries to the right side of his body and was taken to hospital for treatment.
Tamarua admitted he had been speeding and wasn’t being cautious, and that these factors had played a major role in the accident.
A blood test confirmed that Tamarua had 75mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood, just under the legal limit. The blood alcohol limit in the Cook Islands is 80mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood.
Both Rasmussen and Tararo confirmed that the defendant was appearing in court for the first time, and had no previous convictions.
Tararo and Rasmussen agreed that a suspended sentence was appropriate.
Williams convicted Tamarua and told him if he re-offended he would have to re-appear for sentencing. She also suggested he consider his level of drinking.
“You were very close to the limit, so I am warning you, do not drink and drive,” Williams said.