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Motorcyclist hospitalised after crash with drunk tourist
Police are fed up with trying to hammer home the same message; if you drink then drive, you are an idiot, after three confirmed and three suspected drink drive incidents on Rarotonga over the weekend. 22120502

A motorcyclist has been hospitalised after suffering fractured ribs and other injuries in a collision with a drunk driver last weekend.

Cook Islands Police Service spokesman Trevor Pitt said a 31-year-old tourist is “likely” to be charged with excess alcohol and careless driving causing injury in relation to the crash between two motorcycles at Akaoa, Arorangi.

Authorities were called to the scene of the road incident at 5.52am on Saturday.

“The driver of one bike was transported to hospital by ambulance while the other, a visitor, was interviewed at the scene,” Pitt said.

“He was returned to Police Headquarters and subsequently breathalysed with a reading that was more than double the legal limit for alcohol.”

The tourist, who blew 540 micrograms of alcohol per litre of breath, was remanded in custody.

He was supposed to be bailed “within the 48-hour max”, by Monday this week.

The victim “sustained fractures to the ribs and other injuries”, Pitt said.

The rest of the weekend was “relatively low-key” for Police, with staff attending a range of “minor incidents” – including a stolen motorcycle, noise complaints, and a wandering cow.