Four officers needed to subdue aggressive drunk

Tuesday October 23, 2018 Written by Published in Crime
One of the two cars involved in a crash at Arorangi, pictured last Tuesday. 18101905 One of the two cars involved in a crash at Arorangi, pictured last Tuesday. 18101905

An aggressive man arrested for fighting in public had to be subdued by four police officers in the early hours of Sunday morning.

The fighting in town was reported by another man, who told police he was assaulted when he tried to break up a dispute.

When police arrived at the scene, the offender proved to be uncontrollable. He was eventually placed in handcuffs and escorted by the officers.

The man was found to be intoxicated and abusive, and is facing charges of threatening to kill a police officer and assault.

A young man crashed into a power pole on the back road at Atupa early Sunday morning. Police said the accident again demonstrates continuing poor driver behaviour on our roads - especially during weekends.

Officers arrived at the scene after being called and found the driver still at the wheel trying to restart the car to drive off.

He was observed to be under the influence of alcohol and subsequently tested over the legal limit. The young man is also facing a charge of careless driving.

Police made two other arrests for excess alcohol over the weekend.

On Friday night a tourist was arrested after refusing to undergo testing for alcohol. He had been involved in a collision near Vaiana's bar at Nikao when the car he driving struck a motorcyclist.

Also on Friday, two other crashes were reported to the police.

One took place at Matavera between a motorbike and a pick-up truck. The other involved a rental car, which was discovered to have been smashed into when a visitor got up the next morning.

And police have been unable to locate a suspect wanted in connection with a pellet rifle found in an abandoned car following a motor vehicle crash in Arorangi last week.

The male suspect fled the scene of the crash, which occurred when the car he was traveling in collided into another vehicle turning into Alberto’s Restaurant.

Police are treating this incident as serious, particularly as the firearm was allegedly in the possession of an unregistered owner, who is known to the.

Police spokesman Trevor Pitt said on Friday that the Arorangi “crash and dash” offender, was still at large but police were continuing to conduct searches.

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