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Drink-driving women warned it’s jail next

Saturday 31 December 2022 | Written by Al Williams | Published in Court, Crime, National

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Drink-driving women warned it’s jail next
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Two women convicted of drink driving have been told they could face jail time if they appear before the courts again.

Justice of the Peace Georgina Keenan-Williams warned them both at sentencing in court at Avarua on Thursday.

Katreena Mataio and Milika Radinikuva were both convicted and disqualified from driving for 12 months.

“A warning to you both; if you appear again and the (alcohol) reading is high enough, you could end up in jail,” JP Keenan-Williams told them. 

Mataio appeared first, the court told she had 205mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood, after crashing a motorcycle in Rarotonga on Christmas Eve.

The legal limit is 50 mg of alcohol per 100 ml of blood.

Police said at 4am a crash was reported in the Matavera area, the defendant had consumed alcohol at a couple of establishments in town, and crashed while making her way home.  

JP Keenan-Williams disqualified her from driving for 12 months, convicted and fined her $300, with $50 court costs and $150 for the blood test.

In the second matter, the court heard Radinikuva was also stopped for drink driving on Christmas Eve and a breath reading registered 970 micrograms per litre of breath.

The legal limit is 250mg per litre of breath.

Police said she was stopped at 9.15am in Tupapa, telling police she had been to town to buy clothes.

JP Keenan-Williams disqualified her from driving for 12 months, fined her $300 plus $50 court costs.