Village mayor for Apia arrested for drink driving on Thursday

The village mayor of Apia in Samoa, Tuiletufuga Fritz Tuiavi'i, was arrested for driving under the influence after a traffic incident.

He was also facing fines for breaching the State of Emergency Orders by being on the streets during the curfew hours when arrested on Thursday.

The acting Police Commissioner Auapa'au Logoitino Filipo said the mayor was stopped at a police checkpoint but drove off.

He said Tuiletufuga was chased by police before crashing into street lights in Vaimoso, after which he was breath tested, charged and taken into custody for the night.

But Tuiletufuga said he was not chased by police, and that he had stopped at the checkpoint for a period, before driving off.

Tuiletufuga told Radio Polynesia he was out at that hour after he'd received a complaint about people drinking in the Tufuiopa Cemetery.