Vodacom Super 14

Lauaki hurt as car rolls

2010-04-26 11:51
Lucky escape (File)
Wellington - Police are awaiting results of a blood test before deciding whether any charges will be laid against Sione Lauaki after the Chiefs player's car rolled early on Saturday morning.

Lauaki, 28, was left with a badly swollen arm after the crash on State Highway 1 about 04:30.

Chiefs chief executive Gary Dawson has confirmed that Lauaki was involved in the crash.

A subsequent statement from Dawson said Lauaki was driving toward Auckland "when he fell asleep at the wheel".

According to the Waikato Times, the car left the road, smashed through a fence, rolled and ended up in a paddock. Lauaki was found semi-conscious in the driver's seat.

Dawson said alcohol was not a factor in the crash and no-one else was involved.

"His arm is swollen and will continue to be assessed by Chiefs medical staff," Dawson said.

"Understandably Sione is shaken by this accident and we are all thankful it was not more serious."

It was too early to say how the crash would affect the rest of Lauaki's Super 14 season.

Police said an evidential blood alcohol test was take and sent to ESR in Wellington for analysis. It was expected to take several days before the results were known and to determine if any charges would follow.

Lauaki spent only a short time on the field during the second half of the Chiefs' match against the Cheetahs at Waikato Stadium on Friday night. Most of the time he was on the bench.

Lauaki will be sentenced next month on a charge of common assault after he punched a man at a Hamilton bar on March 5.

Read more on:    super 14  |  chiefs

What To Read Next


Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.
Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

Love 2 Meet
Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter


With the Absa Premiership in full swing, who will be crowned champions when all is said and done? Will Mamelodi Sundowns defend their title? Or can Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates or Bidvest Wits mount a serious challenge? Stay glued to Sport24 to find out!

Latest blogs

If Super14 champs, the Bulls, had to take on Heineken Cup champs, Toulouse, at a neutral venue, which side would win?

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.