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Tuesday 18 June 2024 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in Crime, National


Five crashes in one weekend
Police said at 1.44am on Sunday, a white truck had struck a power pole at Nikao. 24061740

Weekend driving on Rarotonga continues to be a hit or miss game of carelessness or drunkenness, says Cook Islands Police.

Police responded to five motor vehicle crashes during the weekend which are suspected to be alcohol related and a hit-and-run on a motorbike.

Cook Islands Police media/strategic advisor Trevor Pitt said that at 1.44am on Sunday, a white truck had struck a power pole at Nikao. 

Pitt said the power pole was attended to by Te Aponga Uira (TAU) while a blood specimen was sought from the driver.

Police did not provide the age of the driver involved.

Pitt said on Saturday morning at 6.45am, police responded to a suspected alcohol-related car crash in Raemaru.

On Saturday night, at 10.51pm, a complainant reported being struck from behind while driving his van, at Rangiura.

Pitt said a red car failed to stop and took off.

The offender was followed by the victim until the car crashed into a wall.  A blood specimen was sought by Police.

In another hit-and-run matter, two people were travelling towards town and were hit from behind at Matavera by another motorbike.

Pitt said the offending motorcyclist turned around and sped off.

No injuries were reported in the spill, he said.

An 83-year-old visitor driving on Friday night collided with an oncoming motorbike after entering the main road.