Justice Minister arrested, resigns

The Herald reports:

Justice Minister Kiri Allan has resigned as a Cabinet minister after being charged with reckless driving and resisting arrest in Wellington last night.

Allan was taken into police custody on Sunday night after a car crash in Wellington and “is assisting with inquiries”.

A statement from Prime Minister Chris Hipkins said that Allan was taken into custody and held in Wellington Central Police station after the crash on Evans Bay Parade in Wellington at 9pm last night.

She was charged with reckless driving and resisting arrest and was released custody at 1am Monday, Hipkins said.

What a sad end to a political career.

A car crash could happen to most people, but to have a Cabinet Minister resist arrest is almost unheard of, let alone the Minister of Justice. She’s obviously been under considerable pressure, but it is hard to fathom how she could have done this.

UPDATE: The information given out by Chris Hipkins was incorrect. Allan was only charged with careless driving and was not charged with resisting arrest.

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