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Four accidents continue road mayhem

Wednesday September 12, 2018 Written by Published in Crime

Following what was described as a “chaotic” week on the roads around Rarotonga last week, problems continued over the weekend, with four accidents reported from Friday to Sunday.


On Friday night, a motorbike crash was reported to the police, allegedly involving tourists who had hit a dog but had then left the scene. Police were tracking the two people involved through a rental company.

On the back road at Betela on Saturday night, a motorcycle driver crashed and was taken to hospital by ambulance. The male driver sustained a suspected fracture to the ribs and internal bleeding. Police said the man was observed to be intoxicated.

Early on Saturday morning, a female motorbike driver ran off the road at Takuvaine into a taro patch, and on Sunday morning there was a collision between a car and taxi near the Catholic Church at Matavera.

Meanwhile, after emptying the police cells on Saturday morning for court appearances, police officers soon had more “guests” in the lock-up on the same day.

A man was arrested following a complaint received in the early afternoon from a female victim, who alleged she had been assaulted and was fearful over being threatened. The man is facing a charge.

Two people were also placed in lock-up after having been tested driving over the legal limit for alcohol. One further person was arrested for driving while disqualified.

During the weekend, the police also responded to four complaints of excessive noise: two in Matavera, one at Rangiura and another at Raemaru.

            - Release/CS

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