Policeman in New Caledonia charged over road death

A police officer in New Caledonia is to be tried in January on a charge of involuntary homicide for causing a fatal road accident.

Gendarmerie vehicle in New Caledonia Photo: RNZ Walter Zweifel

Last Sunday, the off-duty officer allegedly fell asleep at the wheel and drifted across the road into an oncoming car, killing the driver who was said to be in his early 20s.

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At the time of the crash in Boulouparis, the officer was under the influence of alcohol.

Media reports said he was taken into custody for questioning but then transferred to a hospital to treat his injuries before the formal interrogation could be continued.

He has been suspended from duty pending his trial.

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