Six arrested during lockdown for DUI and drinking in public place


The Ministry of Police and Prisons arrested six people for driving under the influence and drinking in public places during the lockdown.

This was confirmed by Deputy Police Commissioner Auapaau Logoitino Filipo in response to questions from Radio Polynesia this morning.

Auapa’au expressed disappointment with members of the public that continues to downplay the seriousness of the Government’s lockdown in line with measures to stop the rapid spread of the community cases of COVID-19 in the Country.

It is sad to learn that some members of the public are not taking the orders seriously and are still enjoying themselves while COVDI-19 is spreading amongst the community,” said the Deputy Commissioner.

Other than that, Auapaau said the majority of the public are adhering to the State of Emergency Orders and are not seen on the road.

He also commended the Village Councils in implementing and enforcing the Government’s lockdown in their villages. 

Adding the Police will issue citations against those people that are found on the road during the curfew.

Deputy Commissioner also used the opportunity to warn the small shops in the villages to obey the restrictions and close up on the prohibited time.

Regarding the Police operation, Auapaa’u said more than 800 sworn n unworn members both Upolu and Savaii including the Correction Officers are part of their operation in the next few days.

He said there is so much work the Police are focused on, yet people that continue to challenge the Government’s lockdown restrictions by not following the rules, will be held accountable.

“The sad thing is, it takes up Police resources, yet we have other mandates to fulfill, including assisting with the testing sites across the Country.”