A 31-year-old man was taken into custody on charges of careless driving, unlawful taking (stolen car), and driving over the legal limit of alcohol. POLICE MEDIA/23010819
A drunk driver has been arrested after allegedly pinching a car, crashing into two motorcyclists, and inciting a police pursuit while more than three times the legal alcohol limit.
A 31-year-old man was taken into custody on charges of
careless driving, unlawful taking, and driving over the legal limit of alcohol
after being found asleep in the stolen vehicle on an Avana side road on Friday
He was breathalysed at the Police station and blew 840
micrograms of alcohol per litres of breath. The legal limit is 250mcg.
Police spokesman Trevor Pitt said the incident was a
“clear case of idiocy that puts every road user at risk”.
“Innocent people should not be fearful about driving
at night or early morning, but stupidity by individuals will be the cause of
tragedy one day.”
Police were alerted to a car being stolen from the
Fishing Club in Tupapa at about 9.30pm, before a report came in about a crash
involving a motorcycle near the Vaka Shed in Avarua just before 10pm.
Pitt said police were soon in pursuit of the stolen
car as it headed towards Matavera, where the driver allegedly collided with
Police were forced to call off the pursuit to attend
to crash victims, and because it was “too dangerous” to continue chasing the
driver, Pitt said.
The crash victims were picked up by the ambulance and
Police had no further details on their injuries, Pitt said.
“Police eventually recovered the car at Avana. The
driver was said to be asleep in the vehicle,” he said.
“The festive season may be behind us, but the season
for stupidity on the road is far from over.”
Pitt said Police are investigating whether alcohol was
involved in another crash over the weekend, where an 18-year-old man was found
“unresponsive but breathing” after coming off his motorcycle in Arorangi, about
The driver was picked up from the scene by an
ambulance and police have sought a blood specimen for analysis, Pitt said.