Drink driving lands senior cop in court

National, Normal

The National- Wednesday, January 26, 2011


A senior policeman based in Kundiawa, Chimbu will appear before the Kundiawa District Court to answer charges of drink driving causing accidents at two separate locations in Kundiawa last weekend.

Chimbu provincial police commander Chief Insp John Kale said yesterday that the officer drove a private vehicle while under the influence of liquor on Saturday.

He said he allegedly bumped a Suzuki vehicle at Wara Market and as he was heading towards Gumine road he bumped into a PMV – a Dyna truck at Mirane village south of Kundiwa town.

“The officer is suspended for 21 days, arrested and charged. He  will appear before the Kundiawa District Court to answer his charges this week,” Kale said.

In another incident, rider of a motor bike is recovering at the Kundiawa General Hospital after colliding with a Toyota LandCruiser last Saturday.

Kale said the vehicle was on its way to Southern Highlands when the motor bike rider, believed to be under the influence of alcohol, ran to the vehicle.

“The biker is in serious condition, recovering at the hospital,” he said.

Kale appealed to motorists to avoid drink driving because most of the accidents were caused by drink driving.

He said law-abiding officers like the police involved either on-duty or off-duty would be dealt with accordingly.

Meanwhile, a new vehicle ran off the road at Prinorkwa hill towards Wara Simbu near Kundiawa town.

The new Toyota LandCruiser hire vehicle was from Goroka. It is not known whether the driver was under the influence of alcohol and no casualties were reported from the accident.