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Driver in police custody

Repeka Nasiko
Wednesday, March 12, 2014

A 27-YEAR-OLD has landed himself in serious trouble with the law after the vehicle he was driving hit a van carrying nurses in Lautoka two Sundays ago.

According to witnesses, a private vehicle was driven by a man who was allegedly drunk.

Witnesses also revealed the driver and passengers of the vehicle tried to flee the accident scene but were apprehended by passers-by.

Passer-by Simione Sogovata said: "As soon as the accident happened, we smashed the rear windscreen of the Health Department van and managed to pull the nurse out, she was badly hurt.

"We also caught the driver and passengers of the private vehicle as they tried to run away. They all smelt of alcohol."

Police West spokeswoman Naina Ragigia confirmed the incident, saying the driver of the vehicle was tested for alcohol.

"Initial tests confirmed the driver had 72milligrams of alcohol in his system," she said.

"We have taken him into police custody and charged him."

Mrs Ragigia said the 27-year-old was charged with one count of driving a motor vehicle under the influence of liquor and one of dangerous driving.


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