Off duty police officer charged with drink driving after man killed in Tongatapu crash

Kuo faka'ilo ha 'ōfisa polisi na'e 'ikai ngāue ki he faka'uli konā, faka'uli ta'etokanga fakatupunga ha mate mo faka'uli 'i ha me'alele 'ikai ha peleti fika. Ko e polisi' ni ta'u 51 na'a' ne tui'i ha me'alele 'e taha 'i Kolofo'ou 'anepō Falaite 1 'o Sune' fakafuofua ki he 'osi kuata mei he 11. Na'e leleaki'i ai e faka'uli me'alele 'e taha' ki fale mahaki 'o iku mate hili ha houa nai 'e ua mei ai.

A Police officer has been charged with reckless driving causing death, driving under the influence of alcohol and driving a vehicle with no number plate.

The 51-year-old officer was off duty when he allegedly crashed into a vehicle driven by a 37-year-old man from Fangaloto last night Friday June 1 at around 11:15pm in Kolofo’ou, Police commissioner Steve Caldwell said.

The victim was rushed to hospital where he died two hours later, the Commissioner said.

The accused was driving a UT Ford van heading north on Vaha’akolo rd before he failed to give way at a roundabout crashing into the driver’s door of a white car driven by the victim.

The arrested officer is in custody while investigation continues.

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