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Police truck hit while attending crash

Wednesday August 06, 2014 Written by Published in Crime
Police truck hit while attending crash

A woman was arrested in the weekend after crashing into a police vehicle which was parked up at the scene of a separate crash.

Cook Islands Police said there were four crashes over the long weekend and alcohol appears to have been a factor in three of them.

The first happened on Friday night at about 10.30pm in Pue, when a 31-year-old man crashed into a hedge and received scratches to his legs.

Alcohol and speed were allegedly involved and investigations are pending.

Ten minutes later, a 36-year-old woman from Matavera drove into the back of a police truck, which was attending the first crash.

Again, alcohol is thought to have been a contributing factor in the crash.

Inspector John Hosking said the female driver was arrested following an evidential test and was bailed to appear in court this Thursday.

A 19-year-old Titikaveka resident was also arrested after a crash – thought to have involved speed and alcohol - in Tupapa the next morning.

The fourth crash occurred in Arorangi on Saturday morning, when a 63-year-old visitor lost control of her rental motorcycle after driving on to private property.

She and her pillion passenger fell off the motorbike and both received abrasions.

“Driver carelessness and inexperience was the contributing factor to the crash,” Hosking said.  

Police said they are also investigating the burglary of a business in Avarua township, which was hit sometime between Friday night and Saturday morning,

Money was also stolen from a business outlet in Avarua on Friday. Hosking said police will be speaking to a number of people in regards to this incident.

Another incident of concern is the theft of an orange hazard light from the corner of Harley Street and Hospital Road. The light was being used to protect road users from hazards at a Te Mato Vai work site.

Hosking issued a strong warning to the person or persons responsible.

“Police know who you are and will be knocking on your door soon for its recovery. You have been identified and warned.”

He told the person to return the light to the men working along Pokoinu in Nikao.

Meanwhile, an 18-year-old male from Tupapa has been arrested for the alleged assault of a woman over the weekend.

Police received a report of the incident at about 5am on Saturday and the man will appear in court this Thursday.  

The altercation took place in a private residence and the victim sustained injuries.

Hosking said it was a mixed weekend for police but things were relatively quiet.

“Police must convey its appreciation to the public for their co-operation in providing a safe environment for the community and visitors to the Cook Islands especially the long weekend of celebrating self-governance for the past 49 years.”

Should members of the public have any information regarding the above or previous incidents, please call Crime Stoppers on 0800 222 00.

All information received is strictly confidential.

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