Minister-elect charged with drink driving

The Minister-elect for Natural Resources and Environment, Toeolesulusulu Cedric Schuster was last night charged and detained for allegedly driving while under the influence of alcohol. 

The Police Commissioner, Fuiavailiili Egon Keil confirmed the Faatuatua ile Atua Samoa ua Tasi (F.A.S.T.) Minister-elect had been held in Police custody but declined to provide details on the case. 

"I can confirm that he was locked up last night for [alleged] drunk driving," said the Commissioner. 

He declined to go into any further details out of respect for the representative. 

Attempts are being made to obtain a comment from Toeolesulusulu. 

The incident followed a celebration from the party on Tuesday to commemorate Independence Day and the founding anniversary of F.A.S.T. 

Toeolesulusulu is the elected Member of Parliament for Aana Alofi No. 4. 

He is an environmentalist and was named the Minister for Natural Resources and Environment (M.N.R.E.) following an ad-hoc swearing in of the F.A.S.T. members on Monday last week. 

In addition to that cabinet portfolio Toeolesulusulu was also named as having charge of the Samoa Tourism Authority and the Planning and Urban Management Agency in the 24 Monday swearing-in ceremony held outside Parliament.

The legitimacy of that ceremony and the swearing in is currently the subject of a dispute before the Supreme Court.

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