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Thursday 4 May 2023 | Written by Al Williams | Published in Crime, National


Weekend drink drive incidents continue to  frustrate authorities

Weekend drink drive incidents on Rarotonga are frustrating Police as motorists are not getting message.

“Rarotonga’s traffic woes have continued through the weekend, highlighting habitually poor attitudes towards driving, including a number of alcohol-related incidents,” Police media spokesman Trevor Pitt said of last weekend’s incidents.  

Pitt said the trouble kicked off on Friday about 5.30pm with reported dangerous driving at Upper Tupapa, then an abusive drunk woman who drove off from the Islander Hotel in a white car, then an unlawfully taken motorcycle at Arorangi.  

“The intoxicated woman was abusive to someone in the carpark before driving off in the car. 

“This was reported 8.49pm Friday due to the concern over her condition to drive,” Pitt said.  

This was followed by a motorcycle crash early Saturday morning, at Tikioki.

The female driver was reported to be unconscious and bleeding, in addition to a passenger, who was also injured.

A blood specimen had been sought for analysis and Police were awaiting the result, Pitt said.  

On Saturday night, a minor crash occurred at Arorangi, involving a car and motorbike.

Half an hour later, Police picked up a disqualified driver at Nikao.

He was breathalysed, arrested and charged with excess breath alcohol (500 micrograms per litre of breath).

The man, aged 35, is expected to appear in court this week.