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Four times over alcohol limit

Monday 29 June 2020 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in Crime


Drink driving cases continue to dominate court proceedings as two face further disqualifications.

The driver of the vehicle that crashed at Nikao near the Rarotonga International Airport a week ago was found to have consumed four times over the legal limit of alcohol.

The expatriate worker was arrested and bailed on Thursday for a charge of excess blood alcohol.

He is to appear in court this week.

The driver, who has not been named by police, had to be pulled from his car by the Rescue Fire Service, and taken to hospital by ambulance. The vehicle he was driving flipped on its side in a collision at Nikao, near the airport at 6.20am on Saturday, June 20.

Meanwhile in other excess breath alcohol matter, an expatriate worker was warned by the High Court that he would be sent to prison if he appeared again for similar charge.

Pio Ramaoli appeared before Justice of the Peace Georgina Williams where he was sentenced to a further 12 months disqualification from driving, starting December 13, 2020.

Ramaoli was first disqualified from driving in December last year. He committed a breach on June 5 when police caught him driving under the influence of alcohol. Ramaoli’s EBA result was 720 micrograms (mcg).

“You were way over the limit, you got no more chances if you are charged again,” JP Williams said.

She advised Ramaoli to get a pushbike and ordered him to pay a fine $500.

Bryan Rodelash was also disqualified from driving for another 12-months and ordered to pay a fine of $500 which include blood reparation fees.

He was stopped by police in Arorangi on May 25 and a blood sample was taken which showed a result of 172 milligrams of alcohol per 100ml of blood.