Drunk driving dominates Mother's Day weekend arrests

The Police made twenty six arrests during the Mother's Day long weekend.

This was confirmed by Deputy Police and Prisons Commissioner, Papali'i Monalisa Tiai – Keti, in response to questions from the Samoa Observer.

Of the 26 individuals arrested, 25 were men. 

The majority of offences involved drunk driving. 

Other criminal activities mainly involved assault and alleged sexual violation.

A two-vehicle crash occurred on Friday at Vaitele-tai which led to injuries sustained by drivers from the incident.

The arrests made by Police over the weekend add up to more than 200 individuals arrested during the previous months.

In a previous interview with the Police and Prisons Commissioner, Fuiavailiili Egon Keil, he said that the increase in crimes over the first four months of this year comes on the heels of figures showing that arrests across the country were already increasing across the country.

In Upolu arrests had increased 7 per cent and by 15 per cent in Savai'i during the course of 2019. 

Since the State of Emergency being imposed on March the Police have received a total of 880 calls, 313 of which involved crimes requiring a Police investigation, the Police said. 

Of those 196 were general crimes such as burglary, theft and robbery; a total of 60 cases were for domestic violence and 57 for traffic incidents.

The remaining cases - 567 - involved cases such as drinking in public which didn't warrant formal investigation. 

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