By CLIFFORD FAIPARIK
THE police hierarchy is disappointed that a new vehicle donated by the Australian Federal Police, only four months ago, now seems a wreck following an accident yesterday.
It is not known whether the accident near Tubuserea village along the Magi Highway in Central, had caused a write-off but the vehicle is extensively damaged, Deputy National Capital District/Central commander Chief Insp Laimo Asi said.
“That vehicle lasted only four months after an NCD metropolitan police station commander drove it off the Magi Highway into a garden and it overturned,” Asi said.
“The driver was alone and was heading to the March Girls resort at Gaire village when he ran the vehicle off the road near Tubuserea village in the early hours of (yesterday) morning.
“He was probably rushing to attend the one-week workshop where many police station commanders and zone commanders within the NCD police metropolitan command are attending.
“Such accidents of a brand new vehicle donated by AFP is not good for us to wreck.”
Insp Asi said the driver escaped unhurt from traffic detectives when investigating the accident.
“He will also be dealt with administratively.”
Meanwhile, acting Gulf police commander Snr Insp Michael Pakyei said they had arrested 10 men from Kainantu, Eastern Highlands, for possession of 40kgs of marijuana.
“These men were arrested at Sapeharo Bridge in Malalaua, last week, after walking along the bush track from Morobe,” he said.
“They had travelled by road to Menyamya from Kainantu on a vehicle.
“From Menyamya, which is at the border of Morobe and Gulf, they walked on bush track to Sapeharo, and were waiting for a PMV to bring them to Port Moresby when a police vehicle patrolling the road became suspicious of them with their baggage.
“Police searched their baggage and found marijuana.
“They were arrested and charged with possessing marijuana.
“They are now being detained at the Kerema police station and facing their charges before the Kerema District Court.”
Insp Pakyei is concerned that there is a surge in smuggling drug from Eastern Highlands to Gulf via Morobe.
“Villagers along these bush track that drug smugglers use don’t report to us about their presence,” he said.
By CLIFFORD FAIPARIK