9 Nov 2010

Samoan public servant fined for crashing ministerial vehicle

3:20 pm on 9 November 2010

A senior Samoa public servant who crashed a government car into a ministerial vehicle in the middle of the night has been fined.

The Samoa Observer reports the former Chief Auditor for the Electric Power Corporation, Tofilau Afereti Leki Efaraima, was fined about 350 US dollars after pleading guilty to negligent driving causing injury.

District Court judge Matafeo George Latu also suspended Tofilau's licence for eight months.

According to the police summary of facts, Tofilau was driving an office vehicle when he crashed into the Minister of Communications and Information Technology's ministerial vehicle.

Police claimed the accident was the result of Tofilau driving too fast.