A 34-year-old woman who collided with a fellow motorcyclist while trying to overtake a car was more than five times the legal alcohol limit.
Bua returned a blood alcohol level of 258.3 milligrams of alcohol per 100
millilitres of blood after being examined at Rarotonga Hospital in the wake of
the crash in Avarua on October 15, Police prosecutor Senior Sergeant Fairoa
pleaded guilty to careless driving and driving with excess blood alcohol, the
limit being 50mg, when she appeared before Justice of the Peace Vania Kenning
in the Criminal Court in Rarotonga on Thursday.
was convicted, disqualified from driving for 12 months, fined $550, and ordered
to pay $150 in reparation to Police for the blood test and $100 in court costs.
said when Police questioned Bua about the crash on November 16 – 32 days after
it occurred – she made a statement saying she drank kava and alcohol on the
morning of the incident.
wasn’t sure how many (bottles of alcohol she drank).”
said Bua began driving in Arorangi. When she reached the sea wall in Avarua,
she came up behind a car and decided to overtake as the two vehicles were passing
did not see another bike driving in the opposite direction,” Tararo said.
tried to avoid the oncoming bike, and instead tipped her bike and lost