29 Jun 2011

DUI case of American Samoan top official dismissed

6:10 pm on 29 June 2011

A court in American Samoa has dismissed, without prejudice, a charge of driving under the influence causing an injury accident brought against Toleafoa Kathryn Tupua.

She's the chief of staff for First Lady Maryanne Tulafono and is involved in running programmes to raise awareness about drink driving.

Because the dismissal is without prejudice, the government can re-file and a status hearing to this effect is set for next week.

"Toleafoa appeared in court today/ yesterday in a wheel chair."

She has two previous traffic citations for driving under the influence and careless driving.