Drink driving

Four Tonga Police officers suspended

Two on-duty police officers were suspended Wednesday for drinking alcohol while patrolling in a police vehicle on Sunday 19 January 2020, where they also picked up two off-duty police officers to continue drinking while on patrol.

Commissioner Caldwell said, “The public rightly expect the highest levels of professionalism and ethical behaviour from their police officers. There is absolutely no tolerance for unlawful and ill-disciplined behavior. Every police officer is accountable to the law, not above it.”

Former All Black Piri Weepu pleads guilty to drink driving

The 34-year-old was charged with driving with excess breath alcohol on Victoria Street in Petone on 15 July.

The 2011 World Cup star tweeted that he was due in Hutt Valley Distric Court this morning and would plead guilty.

He has since done so and was fined $600 and disqualified from driving for six months.

Weepu had initially fought for name suppression.

The former Hurricanes star played 73 tests for the All Blacks from 2004-2013.


Former NBA star avoids jail time

According to USA Today, which cited online court records, Rodman pleaded guilty to two misdemeanor charges following his January arrest on charges of driving under the influence in Newport Beach, Calif.

As part of the plea deal, Rodman will have to complete a nine-month alcohol-education program and pay $390 in fines.

The Los Angeles Times reported that when Rodman, 56, was pulled over on January 11th he was more than two time over the legal alcohol limit.

Carter fined for drink driving

The 35-year-old two-time World Cup winner who plays at Paris club Racing 92 was arrested in February on charges that can carry custodial sentences of two years.

Carter, who played 112 Tests for New Zealand, lost a sponsorship with Land Rover over the incident, which dented his image as one of rugby's most marketable players.

The athlete was pulled over and breathalysed in Paris' chic 17th arrondissement and returned a reading showing a level of 0.87mg/l, which would see a driver lose six points from their licence.

Rooney receives 2 year driving ban

Rooney apologised for his "unforgivable lack of judgement" in a statement issued after he entered his guilty plea at Stockport Magistrates' Court, near Manchester in northwest England.

The 31-year-old was arrested in the early hours of Sept. 1 while driving over the limit in the north-western county of Cheshire.

Television footage showed him arriving at court wearing a dark suit.

In addition to the two-year driving ban, Rooney was ordered to perform 100 hours of unpaid work as part of a 12-month community order.

Tongan operation nets 500 people since July

Matangi Tonga reports 22 people were arrested and charged for alleged drink driving, being disorderly and drinking in public places, mainly in central Nuku'alofa, over the past weekend.

There were also 22 people arrested over the previous weekend for similar offences.

The police said the operation is continuing and officers will remain visible in targeted areas of the CBD and throughout Tongatapu over the weekends.

A police spokesperson said there have been no road fatalities over the weekend.



Living in the Fast Lanes in Tonga – Short Life

At the high speed they were traveling, the driver lost control of the vehicle, crossed from the left lane to the right side of the country road, and was met head-on by a coconut tree.

Three of the passengers met their maker immediately. The fourth passenger, riding in the back seat behind the front-seat passenger, age 21, barely survived – but he will not walk again. The driver, 25; front-seat passenger, 44; back-seat passenger behind driver, 14, all died instantly upon impact. Police delayed giving out their names until next of kins are advised.

Former All Black's drink drive woes

RNZ reports Ranger appeared at the Waitakere District Court yesterday and pleaded guilty to charges of careless driving and drink driving.

He was convicted, and disqualified from driving for seven months, fined $800 and ordered to pay court costs.

Blues Rugby Chief Executive Michael Redman said that it was disappointing Ranger had found himself in this position.

"We are disappointed in the poor choice that Rene made, especially for a player of his experience.