Police investigate mystery of consultant's car crash

Police are investigating why a vehicle crashed into a parked car by a Government consultant who was allegedly drunk cannot be found on the national registration database. 

The Commissioner of Police, Fuiavaili’ili Egon Keil, confirmed the ongoing investigation into the vehicle with the license plate 25159, driven at the time by a Japanese national who was a consultant for the Electric Power Corporation (E.P.C.).

The Commissioner said the Japanese national was involved in a traffic collision and he was detained on suspicions of drunk driving.

“He refused to blow into the breathalszer and therefore he was charged for refusing to blow into the machine and he’s also facing other traffic citations,” he said.  

The Samoa Observer was unable to ascertain whether the car was owned privately or by the E.P.C.

“We could not find the registration of this vehicle on the registration system, it didn’t reflect any ownership," the Commissioner said.

"It’s unclear how this car has a license plate, but we cannot find it on registration system.  

"We are also looking into the possibility of a glitch in the system."

Fuiavaili’ili referred further queries to the Land Transport Authority (L.T.A.).

The head of the L.T.A., Galumalemana Taatialeoitiiti Tutuvanu-Schwalger, was contacted for comments via email but as of press time had not responded to queries. 

The Commissioner confirmed the man will appear in Court this week.

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