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$350 fine for reckless driving and ignoring police signals

A motorist has been convicted and ordered to pay a fine of $300 and $50 court cost for dangerous driving and failure to stop.

Angel Mariri appeared at the Criminal Court in Avarua before Justice of the Peace Vania Kenning on Thursday and admitted to both charges.

On March 7, this year, Mariri was seen speeding from the exit of Raro Fried Chicken, and onto the Avarua roundabout without stopping, around 1am on a silver Toyota motor vehicle.

Police prosecutor senior sergeant Tuaine Manavaroa said police followed the vehicle on the main road, heading towards the Panama direction where it was noticed she was driving over 60 kilometres in a 30-kilometre zone.

Manavaroa said that upon arriving at The Islander Hotel, police noticed the defendant was driving without a headlight on and they turned on the emergency light and siren indicating to the defendant to pull to the side of the road.

He said that when they arrived at the exit of the Rarotonga International Airport, the defendant stopped on the side of the road, but when the police were approaching her, she took off.

Manavaroa said the police didn’t chase her because she was driving at high speed.

However, they continued to Arorangi and the vehicle was parked outside The Roadhouse Bar.

He said police then approached the car and found that the defendant was still sitting in the driver’s seat.

Police asked for a monetary fine and advised the court that this was her first appearance.