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Op­er­a­tions chief says three Po­lice of­fi­cers and two civil ser­vants were in the ve­hi­cle.

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Cop might face dan­ger­ous driv­ing charge: Tu­dravu

APo­lice of­fi­cer is facing charges of dan­ger­ous driv­ing, af­ter the ve­hi­cle he was driv­ing veered off Princes Road in Sawani and ended up in Rewa River early yes­ter­day morn­ing.

Ac­cord­ing to sources the of­fi­cer and oth­ers who were with him in the ve­hi­cle are al­leged to have con­sumed al­co­hol. But his al­co­hol blood level was be­low the pre­scribed limit, there­fore, he will not face charges of drunk driv­ing.

Chief op­er­a­tions of­fi­cer As­sis­tant Com­mis­sioner of Po­lice Ru­si­ate Tu­dravu said the of­fi­cer could in­stead be charged with dan­ger­ous driv­ing. Five peo­ple who were in the ve­hi­cle es­caped se­ri­ous in­juries.

Wit­nesses say that the ve­hi­cle first hit the kilo­me­tre mark­ing post and went into the river about three me­tres from the post it had hit. ACP Tu­dravu has con­firmed that three Po­lice of­fi­cers and two civil ser­vants were in the ve­hi­cle, - four men and a woman. “The Po­lice Of­fi­cer who was driv­ing the ve­hi­cle has been ques­tioned for dan­ger­ous driv­ing.

“We are still con­duct­ing our in­ves­ti­ga­tions,” he said. ACP Tu­dravu said he could not make fur­ther com­ments be­cause he did not have more de­tails about the ac­ci­dent with him.

“It was around 5:45 am when I heard the bang sound,” a res­i­dent Anil Prasad said. “I knew an ac­ci­dent must have oc­curred. By the time I was near­ing the scene, I heard the peo­ple who were in­volved in the ac­ci­dent com­ing out of the ve­hi­cle. They were mak­ing so much noise,” he said. Mr Prasad said when he reached the scene with the torch to help them, no one was there. “Some­one called the Po­lice and they were at the scene within 20 min­utes. We had no idea that the peo­ple who were in­volved in the ac­ci­dent were Po­lice of­fi­cers. “Some of­fi­cers who were con­duct­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tions at the scene had in­formed us that the vic­tims were Po­lice of­fi­cers,” he said. An­other res­i­dent spoke to the Fiji

Sun on the con­di­tion of anonymity said: “We were shocked when the Po­lice of­fi­cers at the scene in­formed us that the vic­tims were Po­lice of­fi­cers. “By the time we had come to help the vic­tim, they were not there,” the res­i­dent said.

Sha­hani Mala

The ve­hi­cle that veered off the road and went into Rewa River yes­ter­day.. Photo:

Photo: Sha­hani Mala

The ve­hi­cle was lifted up af­ter it veered off the road and went into the Rewa River yes­ter­day.

Photo: Fiji Car Crashes.

Five peo­ple es­caped se­vere in­juries af­ter the ve­hi­cle they were trav­el­ling in veered off Princes Road in Sawani and went into the Rewa River yes­ter­day.

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